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Lantau community urged to help Lamma clean beaches after palm oil spill

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Lantau-based community group Eco Marine has announced that the planned cleanup at Tong Fuk pebble beach this Friday (August 11) will no longer go ahead, as it intends to focus efforts on areas more severely affected by last week’s palm oil spill.

Lantau residents are being urged to join the group at the Lamma Island Palm Oil Cleanup which is taking tomorrow morning.

Keilem Ng, co-founder of Eco Marine has said, “[the] situation changes every day [according to the] cleanup progress and new incoming oil.”

Those wishing to help are advised that the group will be walking to the beach from Yung Shue Wan and that they should dress appropriately with sunscreen, closed-toe shoes and a hat. Volunteers should also take along plenty of water. The cleanup is not suitable for children.

– Meeting point: Yung Shue Wan ferry pier

– Time: 8.20am

For more information, contact Keilem on 6392 0336.

In addition to tomorrow’s effort, daily community beach cleanups are also taking place with volunteers meeting at Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier at 3pm.

According to Under Secretary for the Environment, Tse Chin-wan, the overall situation of the palm oil spill has improved through ongoing cleanup efforts. However “some stearin was still being found on beaches in certain places, such as Lamma Island.”

Continuous inspections and cleanup efforts are being conducted by 300 officers from government departments daily.


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