Working Group on Clean Shorelines

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, Secretary for Food & Health Dr Ko Wing-man and Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing brief the media on the progress of plastic pellet cleanup operations. Mr. Wong Kam-sing, the Secretary for the Environment expects close government-community collaboration to protect the environment. The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Carrie Lam (right), and the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing (left) meet with various organisations and individuals to express the Government's appreciation for their assistance in cleaning up the plastic pellets. Mr. Wong, the Secretary for the Environment (left) calls on the community groups to give ideas and views on the protection of Hong Kong's shorelines. Looking on is the Under Secretary for the Environment, Ms Christine Loh (right)

Much public attention has been given to floating refuse in the harbour waters and refuse on beaches in light of recent development, such as the plastic pellet incident in 2012.

In order to keep abreast of the times and to successfully implement strategies for keeping the shorelines clean, the Government set up in November 2012 an inter-departmental working group to review and formulate measures to improve the cleanliness of our shorelines.

The terms of reference and membership of the Inter-departmental Working Group on Clean Shorelines (the WG) are as follows:

Terms of Reference

  1. To identify the sources of marine refuse.
  2. To review the existing measures in handling marine refuse. The areas for review should include the provision of cleansing services, enforcement and educational campaigns.
  3. To explore and formulate action plans and co-ordinate Government’s efforts in preventing and cleaning up marine refuse.
  4. To explore, formulate and co-ordinate joint Government-Public campaigns to promote the environmental benefits of keeping our shorelines clean.


Permanent Secretary for the Environment

Representatives at directorate level from:

  1. Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
  2. Civil Engineering and Development Department
  3. Drainage Services Department
  4. Environmental Protection Department
  5. Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
  6. Lands Department
  7. Leisure and Cultural Services Department
  8. Marine Department

Assistant Director (Water Policy), Environmental Protection Department

Working Group’s Activities

The Inter-departmental Working Group on Clean Shorelines (the WG) has planned various activities to promote clean shorelines. For details, please see below.

Be Our Partner to organise the Shorelines Cleanup Day (2017-2018)

Since April 2015, the Working Group has launched the Shorelines Cleanup Day to partner with the community to protect the environment and keep Hong Kong’s shorelines clean. Various organisations including schools, non-governmental organisations and commercial companies have joined and contributed to a cleaner coastal environment. This year, we will continue looking partners to organise joint shorelines cleanup events. Our partners will be our co-organisers of individual Shorelines Cleanup Days, mainly to look after the recruitment of volunteers, while we will provide on-site programme briefing on cleanup procedures and refuse data collection for the participants, necessary gears and materials (gloves, garbage bags, data cards, pencils, clipboards, portable scales, etc.) and, where necessary, land transportation. We will publicise the cleanup events on our website, and other interested individuals could contact the organising partners for participating in the cleanup events.

Please join us in keeping our shorelines clean and see how your action could help protect the marine environment. The recruitment for Shorelines Cleanup Day for the cleanup events is in two stages, and the first stage cleanup events from April to August 2018 is now open for registration. The tentative schedule is as follows -

Tentative Schedule

Date Location Co-organiser
14 April 2018 (Sat)
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Ting Kok, Tai Po Open for Registration
12 May 2018 (Sat)
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Lung Kwu Sheung Tan, Tuen Mun Open for Registration
9 June 2018 (Sat)
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Tai Long Wan, Shek Pik, Lantau* Open for Registration
21 July 2018 (Sat)
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Po Chue Tam, Tai O, Lantau* Open for Registration
18 August 2018 (Sat)
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Yim Tin Tsai, Tai Po* Open for Registration
* After getting off from coach, participants need to walk about 10-20 minutes to reach the event venue.


  • Open to community groups. Interested groups can fill in and return this registration form to the Environmental Protection Department 4 weeks before the tentative cleanup event.
  • Open to community groups.
  • If there are more than one interested party for a certain date, we will see if alternative arrangement such as collaboration between interested parties or, if possible, additional cleanup events can be arranged.
  • Interested to be our partners but have other thoughts on the cleanup dates above can contact us at 25946578 for more information.

Act NOW! Spread the word and be our partner for any of the above cleanup events.

Volunteers are picking up refuse on beach Volunteers are picking up refuse on beach Volunteers are picking up refuse on beach Volunteers are taking a group photo after cleanup