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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:
Permanent Secretary for the Environment
Representatives at directorate level from:
Assistant Director (Water Policy), Environmental Protection Department
The Inter-departmental Working Group on Clean Shorelines (the WG) has planned various activities to promote clean shorelines. For details, please see below.
Events organised by the Working Group
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 to look for partners to organise joint shorelines cleanup events. Our partners will be 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. We are recruiting partners for the cleanup events in two stages, and the first stage cleanup events from April to August 2017 are now open for registration. The tentative schedule is as follows -
|8 April 2017 (Sat) am||Sam Mun Tsai, Tai Po||Hong Kong Airport Services Ltd.||Photos||Event Achievement|
|6 May 2017 (Sat) am||Nim Shue Wan, Lantau||Friends of KMB||Photos||Event Achievement|
|3 June 2017 (Sat) am||Sha Ha, Sai Kung||The Federation of Hong Kong & Kowloon Labour Unions - Volunteering Committee||(Cancelled due to bad weather)|
|29 July 2017 (Sat) am||Shui Hau, Lantau||The Boys’ & Girls’ Club Association of Hong Kong|
|26 August 2017 (Sat) am||Lung Kwu Tan||TWGHs Yu Mak Yuen Integrated Services Centre|
Act NOW! Spread the word and be our partner for any of the above cleanup events.
Interested to be our partners but have other thoughts on the cleanup dates above? Contact us at 25946578 for more information.