Crackdown on Lantau Trail litter

Bins have been removed from section three of the Lantau Trail as part of a government push to stop littering.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has launched a campaign "Take your litter home" to encourage hikers to take their waste away and play a part in protecting the natural environment of the country parks.

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said waste collected last year in country parks amounted to about 3800 tonnes.

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Mr Wong said discarded items therefore affect not only the natural environment and scenery, but also the habits of wild animals.

The removal of the bins is part of a one-year trial , with bins also removed at Ma On Shan Country Trail, the Tai Lam Chung Country Trail and the Dragon's Back on Hong Kong Island.

Except at main entrances, no litter bins will be placed in the special area and along these trails.

Mr Wong urged hikers to take away their waste and avoid leaving any litter behind in the country parks.

To promote the "Take your litter home" message and keep the country parks clean, the AFCD will place banners and posters at the trial areas and main entrances of the trails to step up publicity.

Nature Ambassadors will be deployed to remind hikers to dispose of waste outside the country parks in order to help them build up a habit of taking away their waste.

Meanwhile, Country Park Rangers will step up patrols and enforcement.

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