The government has announced that it intends to remove all rubbish bins from Hong Kong’s country parks by the end of 2017.
The plan forms the latest phase of the ‘Take Your Litter Home’ programme, originally launched in September 2015, and follows a successful trial in which rubbish bins were removed from selected trails across Hong Kong, including part of the Lantau Trail.
According to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (ACFD), the amount of rubbish in the trial locations has fallen significantly since the programme began. It hopes that this trend will continue in this new phase of the scheme.
Update (2:15pm December 15, 2018): All rubbish bins in Hong Kong hiking trails have been removed as of December 15, 2017. Over 500 bins from country parks and hiking trails have gradually been removed since 2015. Bins at barbecue and camping sites will remain in place.
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