Vendors sticking to clean-up deadline
I refer to the letter from R. J. Campbell headlined 'Vendors littering with impunity' (South China Morning Post, May 2), concerning the litter problem caused by newspaper distributors operating in Central district.
Central has long been one of the newspaper-distribution centres in Hong Kong.
Every morning, newspaper distributors and vendors use the streets in the early hours for the sorting and distribution of newspapers and magazines. To tackle the litter problem, the Central and Western District Council met with representatives of relevant newspaper associations and government departments in May of last year. It was agreed that newspaper distributors and vendors should complete their sorting and distributing work and clean up the affected areas before 8am and that the street-sweeping services at these locations should be completed before 8.30am each day. The Government will take action against these distributors and vendors if they fail to comply with the 8am deadline.
Recent inspections by staff of this department found that the distributors and vendors were able to meet the clean-up deadline. We found that our street-sweeping services could be completed before 8.30am.
We will closely monitor the situation, and should Mr Campbell have further inquiries, he can ring me at 2853 2550.
District Environmental Hygiene
Food and Environmental