The litter crisis currently affecting Hong Kong waters appears to be worsening by the day. From Lantau to Aberdeen, Stanley to Shek O, images shared on social media show the devastation that has been wreaked across the territory over recent weeks.
New images shared on social media today show the condition of the beach and water at Nim Shue Wan, with huge amounts of rubbish floating in the sea and washing up on the shore.
Environmental groups are calling for the government to take action to address the cause of the issue, which they believe traces back to waste disposal in the Pearl River Delta. In a Facebook post on Monday, Sea Shepherd Hong Kong also highlighted Wei Ling Ding Island, south of Cheung Chau, as another potential source, where a huge trash dump has been spotted on the side of a cliff. However, while they believe this may be contributing to the issue, the huge scale of the problem suggests that this is not the main culprit.
Image: Wei Ling Ding Island.
Frankie Yuen, Cheung Sha resident and owner of Lantau Grocer said, “It happens quite regularly this time of year, but never to this scale.” He went on to say that the crisis is a “wake up call” and called on the local community to do everything they could to help keep the beaches clean.
In a statement to Around DB, Merrin Pearse, head of the Living Islands Movement, a local group that works towards the sustainable environment of Hong Kong’s outlying islands, called on local residents to raise concerns with local government. Along with the Ocean Recovery Alliance, he is also encouraging the community to report trash hotspots on the Global Alert app so that “government can better see what and where this is happening, and how it’s impacting the impression people have on the city’s beautiful beach assets.”
Image: Nim Shue Wan. Photo credit: Caroline Clery.
In the meantime, work continues among local community groups to try and clear up the waste along the shoreline. Commenting on a video he took of Nim Shue Wan earlier today, Gary Stokes, Asia director for Sea Shepherd, said that they would also try to use nets to scoop the litter out of the water at high tide.
Main image: Sea Shepherd