Typhoon Kai-Tak helps clean up plastic pellets dumped by Vicente

Volunteers collect pellets that were gathered from Silver Mine Bay Beach on Lantau. About 300 volunteers joined the clean-up yesterday.Photo: K.Y.Cheng

One brought havoc, the other was a godsend.

Sunday, 19 August, 2012, 10:12am

Silence on plastic pellets bred unease

There is no greater worry than fear of the unknown. Snow-like piles of plastic pellets washing up on beaches may not seem something to be feared, but the uncertainty of their impact on the environment, sea life, animals and the food chain are another matter.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Worries over pellet spill persist despite promises

Government pledges on the spill of 150 tonnes of plastic pellets during Typhoon Vicente did little to ease the fears of Hongkongers yesterday.

It said it would keep the public up to date about the clean-up operation on beaches and post the results of tests on fish online.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Volunteers remove plastic pellets from beach

Volunteers remove plastic pellets from beach

More than 150 volunteers from the Hong Kong-based NGO Ecovision Asia removed 217 bags of plastic pellets and assorted rubbish from Big Wave Bay beach yesteday. Some 150 tonnes of the plastic pellets were in six containers which fell from the Yong Xin Jie 1 freighter when Typhoon Vicente struck the city last month.

13 Aug 2012 - 10:23am

Hundreds help clear pellets

Hundreds of volunteers yesterday helped clear up the mass of plastic pellets washed ashore on Discovery Bay's beaches in the wake of Typhoon Vicente two weeks ago.

For their part, environmental groups called for quicker action from the government.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

DB residents urged to help clear pellets

Discovery Bay has been left with an unwanted reminder of Typhoon Vicente in the form of millions of raw plastic pellets blown off a ship.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The houses that Jim built

Little did Jim Spear realise that when he bought a postcard from a Great Wall hawker in the mid-1990s, it would set off a chain of events that, ultimately, would lead to him becoming a property developer, restaurateur and hotelier, employing hundreds.

21 Mar 2010 - 12:00am


We refer to the letter headlined, 'Gas mystery' (South China Morning Post, January 24).

10 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Cruz tests his Metal

Happy Valley-loving Full Metal Jacket looks the one to beat in the featured Po Leung Kuk Centenary Cup.

It is one of the season's rare day meetings at the city track and punters face a tricky card where it pays to back those who have definite form at the idiosyncratic course.

30 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Man held after pistol find

A jobless man, 54, was arrested after the seizure of a home-made pistol, metal pellets and explosives in a hut in Tan Kwai Tsuen, Yuen Long.

The pistol was made of two water pipes about 20cm long and 2cm wide.

20 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Search of bullet-find site

Police will today resume the search along Wan Chai's waterfront where 416 bullets were found on Thursday.

Divers were forced to halt a search off Fenwick Pier after two hours yesterday due to bad weather.

4 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Police improve weapon training

POLICE shootings and upgrading of weapons have led to changes in firearms training over the last few years.

Officers shot dead five people last year and a street sleeper's death on Thursday brings this year's toll to four.

When mainland gangs went on the rampage in the territory several years ago, police decided to increase the power of their sidearms.

23 Sep 1995 - 12:00am