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Litter-free hiking campaign starts

September 20, 2015

The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department today launched a clean country parks campaign to encourage hikers to take away their waste and protect the parks’ natural environment.

 

Officiating at the launch ceremony, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong noted that country parks draw more than 11 million visitors every year and that 3,800 tonnes of waste was collected last year.

 

He noted that discarded items, such as tissues, plastic bottles, food packages and plastic foam containers, can be easily blown to hillsides, valleys, reservoirs and coastal areas and are difficult to clean up.

 

Wild animals in country parks may also scavenge for food from litter and recycling bins, so discarding rubbish also affects their habits, Mr Wong added.

 

He urged hikers to take away their waste and carry reusable water bottles, food containers and towels and use fewer single-use items.

 

This month, the department launched a one-year trial scheme at Tai Po Kau Special Area and four selected hiking trails: Ma On Shan Country Trail, Tai Lam Chung Country Trail, Dragon's Back on Hong Kong Island and Lantau Trail Section 3, to nurture litter-free hiking habits.

 

There will be no litter bins along these trails, except at the main entrances.



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