Wide range of activities
I refer to the letter headlined, 'Hong Kong residents can make a difference', from J. Chastain (South China Morning Post, May 6).
Over the past years, the Keep Hong Kong Clean Campaign has launched a wide range of activities, including intensive publicity and educational programmes, clean-up operations, enforcement blitzes, community involvement activities, and funding schemes, to achieve the goal.
To enhance public awareness of waste reduction, we have also run a trial scheme by placing recycling bins in various locations - including public housing estates - for separate collection of waste paper, aluminium cans and clear plastic bottles. From time to time, we will revise our strategy.
The Urban Services Department provides cleaning services to the pavement and grass verges leading from Hong Kong International School and Pacific View on Tai Tam Road to St Stephen's Beach in Stanley. Our staff have regularly inspected the area, and we have observed that the situation has improved considerably in recent months.
As to the refuse problem on a slope opposite St Stephen's College, it would be difficult for our staff to clean the area due to the steepness of the slope.
However, we have discussed with the Lands Department the possibility of seeking funds in order to hire experts specialised in slope-cleaning.
PETER K. P. TANG Staff Officer (Cleansing) Urban Services Department