Most unable to eat all of Lunar New Year treats
About 60 per cent of 200 people surveyed by the Tai Po Environmental Association said they were usually unable to eat all of the festive food prepared for the Lunar New Year. But less than a third said they shared the excess with others. The association, which has launched a food waste recycling campaign in the Tai Po village of Fung Yuen, said the weight of food and kitchen waste dumped daily by Hong Kong families was equal to about 95 double-decker buses.
Butchers protest over cheap supermarket pork
About 700 butchers rallied outside the government headquarters in Admiralty yesterday to protest against the discounting of pork by supermarkets since November, which they said was an attempt to dominate the market by forcing individual butchers out of business. The protesters said ParknShop and Wellcome were selling meat below market price. The supermarkets said they had cut prices after the wholesale price had fallen.
Rent 40pc of expenses of welfare group's clients
Rent accounted for more than 40 per cent of the expenses of almost three-quarters of people using the Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service hot-meal service, a survey of 320 clients found. And 80 per cent of respondents said they did not have enough money for food. The organisation provides hot dinners to 800 low-income families and individuals for HK$10 in Wan Chai, Kwai Tsing and Sham Shui Po.
Students in bid to raise organ donor awareness
Nine University of Hong medical students signed organ donation cards at an event in Causeway Bay yesterday to raise public awareness about the need to donate organs.
Warning to shipping as visibility drops
The Marine Department warned ships to exercise extreme caution when visibility dropped below two nautical miles yesterday. The Urmston Road area between Lantau and Tuen Mun reported visibility of just 370 metres at about midday.