Volunteers clean up Tung Lung beach despite cold snap

January 25, 2016 15:41
Volunteers used up 150 big rubbish bags to clean up the beach on Tung Lung Island. Photos: Actions for Pleasant Nature/Facebook, Apple Daily 

More than 40 volunteers braved the extremely cold weather to clean up a beach on Tung Lung Island over the weekend, Apple Daily reported.

Actions for Pleasant Nature, a group composed mostly of members of a dragon boat racing team, decided to take on the remote island after three weeks of planning and several site visits.

The beach that was filled with rubbish is not accessible by road and team members had to abseil down a slope one by one to reach the target.

The group reached Tung Lung Island at around 8:30 a.m. when the temperature was below 8 degrees Celsius, while the wind was blowing at over 40 kilometers an hour.

Group leader Wu Chi-hong said he was surprised by the overwhelming turnout.

Wu was expecting only 60 to 70 percent of the people who signed up for the activity, but more than 40 kept their promise.

A group member said she had been worried many of the volunteers might not show up in view of the severe weather, but she was happily surprised that almost all of the registrants came to the event.

The group collected huge garbage piles consisting of foam, bamboo sticks, plastic bottles, computer monitors and even large barrels.

Based on the simplified Chinese prints on the beverage bottles, the rubbish could have come from mainland China, the volunteers said.

After a hard day’s work, the group used up all the 150 big rubbish bags they had brought for the day but that was only enough to clean up half of the garbage pile on the beach.

The heavy bags were transported up the slope via a zipline and pushed over to the pier by trolleys, to be taken away by Food and Environmental Hygiene Department vessels on Sunday.

Wu said he hoped Hong Kong people would be help in preserving the beauty of the islands and protecting marine ecology by properly disposing of their garbage.

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