Volunteers remove mountain of soda cans on Maclehose Trail

November 16, 2015 14:19
Hui Lam Store, a rest stop located at Section 3 of the Maclehose Trail, has accumulated more than 14,000 aluminum cans over the years. Photos: Google Maps, dannylun.blogspot.hk

Dozens of volunteers joined hands in cleaning up a rest stop along the Maclehose Trail, Hong Kong's most popular hiking trail, where a mountain of soft-drink cans and other litter has accumulated through the years.

The enormous garbage, consisting of more than 14,000 aluminum cans and other discarded items, had piled up in front of Hui Lam Store, where hikers usually stop over for a break in the 100-kilometer trail from Pak Tam Chung in Sai Kung to Tuen Mun.

Hui Ngai-man, the store owner, said hikers would just throw away the beverage cans in front the store after having their break, and he just let the garbage accumulate, Apple Daily reported.

The result was a stunning, if surreal, view of a man-made mountain amid the natural beauty of the surrounding area.

“How are you going to deal with these cans?” hikers used to ask Hui.

“No solution yet, just let them pile up here for the while,” Hui would answer.

Environmental groups and ordinary citizens have voiced concern over the garbage pile, and on Sunday, 37 volunteers from the Actions for Pleasant Nature, a dragon boat team who engage in clean-up projects in the countryside from time to time, decided to help Hui remove the “Can Mountain”.

The volunteers had to carry the cans, weighing about 181.55 kilograms in total, down the hill by foot.

They hope their action will encourage hikers not to leave their trash behind and to be more conscious of their role in protecting the environment.

Aside from soft drinks, hikers also enjoy Hui's soybean dessert, also known as tofu-fa.

Hui used to serve the snack on plastic bowls and plates, but is now using reusable bowls for environmental reasons.

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A total of 37 volunteers remove the pile of old aluminum cans on Sunday. Photo: dannylun.blogspot.hk
Volunteers had to carry the cans, weighing about 181.55 kilograms in total, down the hill by foot. Photo: dannylun.blogspot.hk