The government has launched a cleanup campaign ahead of the Lunar New Year, with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department saying a 'zero-tolerance' plan would be implemented against littering. A department spokesman yesterday said the campaign would start today and run until January 18. They will also step up mosquito- and rodent-control measures. 'We will adopt a zero-tolerance approach to offences under the Fixed Penalty Ordinance, including littering, feeding feral birds, spitting, illegal bill-posting and dog fouling,' the spokesman said. 'There will also be strict enforcement of regulations requiring the removal from public places of articles that cause obstruction.' Legislator Fred Li Wah-ming, who chairs the Legislative Council's Panel on Food Safety and Environmental Hygiene, said strict enforcement was necessary and the public should pay more attention to environmental hygiene amid renewed fears of Sars. Fixed penalties were increased from $600 to $1,500 in June as the government tried to improve Hong Kong's hygiene standards after the Sars outbreak. Apart from issuing fines, department officers will also step up cleaning at hygiene black spots. A list of 850 black spots to be targeted has been drawn up. Stallholders at more than 100 hawkers' bazaars, cooked-food centres and markets have been warned of an increased number of inspections to crack down on illegal obstruction of passageways and the failure to keep food free from contamination. Cleaning services at about 350 toilets and bath houses managed by the department will be bolstered, and refuse collection services will also be stepped up. The department will also launch an intensive operation against mosquito breeding to reduce the threat of dengue fever. The operations will focus on old tenement buildings, village houses, and passenger and cargo terminals. Rat bait will also be placed at more than 10,000 locations.