Taking action to wipe out litter

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 June, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 June, 1998, 12:00am

I refer to John McCafferty's letter 'Litter problem getting worse' (South China Morning Post, May 8) and K K Ho's 'Getting dirtier' (May 14).

We share the concerns of your readers that more must be done to clean up our environment.

On top of a wide range of publicity and educational activities, the Urban Services Department is taking stringent action against litter offenders.

Last year, 27,125 people were convicted of littering in urban areas and fined a total of $11.3 million.

We have also introduced a simple form for the public to report by mail any offence of littering from vehicles they have witnessed.

PETER K. P. TANG Staff Officer (Cleansing) The management of Shell may wish to know that their brilliantly coloured plastic containers for high-performance engine oil are littering the beaches of Sai Kung Country Park.

Although they are not alone, these containers can be seen from many points along this fabulous coastline. I would have thought Shell could operate a return and refill service to avoid such contamination.