Organising Cleanup Operation

Below you will find some start-up references, including guidance documents, useful links and information on assistance rendered by government departments, for you to organise cleanup operation.

Guidance Documents

You would need the following items to organise a cleanup operation:

  • Enrollment form
  • Data card
  • Data reporting form
  • Guidance for cleanup
  • Itinerary and checklist for cleanup
  • A list of potential sites for cleanup
  • Hong Kong Observatory weather and tidal information
  • Support from government department
  • Safety Guidelines for Shorelines Cleanup Event

Many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been organising regular cleanup in different parts of Hong Kong and they have prepared useful guidance documents on preparatory work, checklists, etc. Some relevant organisations (but not exhaustive) with website links are listed below for reference.

Data card

You can use the data card, which adopts the ICC format, prepared by other organisations to record the details of the refuse collected.

We have provided below the link to two data cards (ICC format) which are readily available on the internet. For assessment of the refuse problem in Hong Kong, we suggest adding in your data card:

  1. Household Waste (Laundry Powder/Cleaner Packaging) under "Dumping Activities"; and
  2. The following refuse items under "Debris Items of Local Concern": BBQ Fork, Candle, Incense Stick and Matches, Cyalume Stick, Plastic Pellet.

If you choose to conduct a more detailed recording of the refuse following the EPD format, you may use the Data card 3 below.

ICC format - Data card 1
EPD format - Data card 3

Data Reporting

To facilitate data reporting and analysis, we have designed two data reporting proformas below. You may email the completed proforma(s) to us at for consideration in the marine refuse study.


  1. Clean Beach Network
  2. Cub Scouts Pack 1, Hong Kong
  3. DB Green
  4. Eco Marine
  5. Ecozine
    Go Clean a Beach
    Promotion video
    Hong Kong Cleanup
  6. Green Council
  7. Hong Kong Cleanup
    About Cleanup
    Plastic Pellet Patrol
  8. Living Lamma
    Clean Up Lamma
    Bottle Brand on the beach
  9. Plastic Free Seas
  10. The Hong Kong Marine Conservation Society (Chinese version only)
  11. The Naked Islands Project - HK
  12. WWF Coastal Watch Project

Assistance from Government Departments

You may contact the following government departments to get support for arranging cleanup operation:

Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD)

As regards marine parks, AFCD will:

  • give advice on cleanup proposals;
  • provide garbage bags;
  • arrange for collection and disposal of refuse.

Environmental Protection Department (EPD)

EPD will:

  • coordinate between community groups planning cleanup operations and relevant departments;
  • publicise cleanup operation or publicity event on this website.

Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD)

As regards ungazetted beaches and coastal areas, FEHD will:

  • provide gloves and garbage bags;
  • arrange for collection and disposal of refuse.

Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD)

As regards gazetted beaches, LCSD will:

  • provide gloves and garbage bags;
  • arrange for refuse collection services. 

Marine Department (MD)

As regards coastal waters, MD will:

  • arrange its contractor to ship out and dispose of marine refuse;
  • arrange the foreshore cleansing force to work together with community groups to clean up marine refuse accumulated at foreshore areas which are inaccessible by land.