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Govt to reduce waste bins in country parks


Govt to reduce waste bins in country parks
Hikers walk along a trail in Sai Kung Country Park, Hong Kong on Dec 29, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE)

HONG KONG - The government will cut the number of waste bins in country parks by half, as part of the public awareness campaign, "Take your litter home", launched last September.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department intends to announce plans to reduce the number of waste bins in country parks to 250.

The department says the "Take your litter home" campaign has shown satisfactory results in its aim of encouraging hikers to play a part in protecting the natural environment of the country parks.

The authority removed some garbage bins from five country parks during the pilot project where refuse collection already has been cut by more than 70 percent, according to a press release.

Fong Tze-kwan, senior project director of the local environmental group Greeners Action, said on a local radio program that a one-size-fits-all approach requiring country parks in the city to remove all garbage bins would be undesirable.

"We should implement the project in phases, and any need for thorough actions should take into consideration residents' perceptions about the issue," she stressed.

She also recommended that the government place public information on waste reduction at locations where garbage bins originally were installed.

The authority also introduced new litter bins with smaller openings across the city earlier this year to encourage proper disposal of litter.

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