Medical Waste

Medical waste must be stopped

Medical waste on a beach in Discovery Bay. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong is blessed with numerous sandy beaches that may rival those of island resorts. Sadly, some of our beaches are polluted with rubbish washed up from the sea or dumped by irresponsible visitors. Recently, a beach accessible to tens of thousands of residents in Discovery Bay was littered with hundreds of used syringes and other medical items. Not only is this a nuisance it also poses a serious threat to public health and safety on Lantau.

Monday, 18 March, 2013, 1:41am

Medical waste worries Discovery Bay beachgoers

Tracey Read, of the Plastic Free Seas NGO, with some of the medical waste that has washed up on Sam Pak Wan, a beach between Discovery Bay and Disneyland, over the past four months. Read has urged the government to identify the source of the pollution. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hundreds of discarded medical items, including uncovered syringes and infusion bags, have been found recently on a beach in Discovery Bay, raising concerns about visitors' safety, especially with a new hotel nearby planning to open soon.

5 Mar 2013 - 12:09pm 1 comment

Groups urge controls on medical waste

Green groups have called on the government to immediately regulate the collection of medical waste to prevent a repeat of the recent body-dumping scandal.

They said proposed legislation on the disposal of medical waste, including human body parts and organs, would not come into effect until later this year.

9 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Legislators urge clinical waste move

THE Government has been urged to handle private doctors' clinical waste instead of relying on commercial collectors, some of whom legislators' claim treat it in the same way as domestic rubbish.

23 Apr 1994 - 12:00am

Sand and syringes

FOR too long, medical waste washing up on the territory's beaches has been a danger to the public. The problem is so serious many beaches are no longer safe to walk along because of the risk posed by discarded syringes and other medical wastes. Duringthe clean up of a Lamma Island beach yesterday, 170 syringes were collected.

31 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

Medical waste strategy urged

THE Government was yesterday urged to come up with a long-term strategy to deal with medical waste, following the discovery of used syringes on beaches.

Urban Councillor Man Sai-cheong said an interdepartmental working group should be established to discuss the issue.

The call came at a meeting of the Urban Council Recreation Select Committee.

13 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

HA wary of disposals

I REFER to the letter headlined ''Residents' safety fears'' (South China Morning Post, September 20).

The Hospital Authority (HA) has already promulgated a Code of Practice on Hospital Waste Management, which is implemented in all of our hospitals and clinics.

23 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Residents' safety fears

AS a resident of Sheung Sze Wan in Clearwater Bay, I am very concerned by the amount of medical waste products which are washed up on to the beach.

It is a regular occurrence to see old syringes, sometimes with needles still intact, which is very worrying and on September 12, a bundle of about 20 blood bags washed ashore.

20 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

No one taking responsibility

RECENTLY, as readers of your paper will be aware, a large amount of medical waste was washed up on Stanley Main Beach.

The Urban Council is only responsible, it tells the many people who complain, for the designated swimming area, and bears no responsibility for the south end of the beach near the sea school.

4 Sep 1993 - 12:00am