Walk organisers hired cleaning company
I refer to the letter headlined 'Messy trail' (South China Morning Post, November 17).
Oxfam Hong Kong, as the organiser of Trailwalker, is very concerned about the littering issue along the MacLehose Trail during Trailwalker and implemented measures to alleviate the problem.
Prevention is better than the cure. Therefore, we communicated with walkers both verbally and in writing, on many occasions on the issue, including at Trailwalker briefing sessions.
Water and hot drinks were dispensed from carboy water systems to reduce the number of plastic bottles used and cut down on other waste.
Bins were provided to separate types of rubbish for easy recycling.
However, with 3,500 walkers and more than 3,000 supporters, a degree of littering was unfortunately inevitable. Therefore, we co-ordinated closely with the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Extra litter bins were placed along the trail, and a cleaning company was appointed to clean up the checkpoints and the support areas regularly during the event.
Furthermore, we organised teams of volunteers to clean up the trail on November 10 and 11.
Trailwalker is a well-received international event. This year, we received very encouraging feedback from walkers and supporters from Hong Kong and other parts of the world. Of the walkers who started, 86 per cent managed to complete the walk and several teams broke the official records and achieved remarkable results.
Oxfam Hong Kong is highly aware of the environmental impact of littering during Trailwalker, and will continue to strive to keep the trail clean and ensure that walkers enjoy nature as they support Oxfam's work in poverty alleviation.
Oxfam Hong Kong