IN line with RegCo '94's theme 'Towards a Better Life', a series of activities promoting environmental hygiene has been organised. These include the Clean Restaurant and the Clean Home competitions, the Waste Paper Collection Campaign, the Clean Market Campaign and Tree-planting Day. The Clean Restaurant Competition has four categories: large Chinese restaurants; small Chinese restaurant; non-Chinese restaurant; and fast-food restaurant. There are also two secondary school events - the Poster and Slogan Competition on Illegal Hawkers, and the School Project Competition on Illegal Shop Extensions. Pang Hok-tuen, chairman of the steering committee on Regional Council festivals, said the growing population and prosperity of the New Territories increased both the need and the desire for a better environment. 'It is hoped that through participation in these meaningful activities, public awareness of environmental hygiene and protection will be enhanced,' he said. Restaurants would improve their reputations, and stood a chance of winning the 'Most Hygienic Restaurant of the Year Award', he said. Criteria for taking part in the competition include cleanliness of equipment, utensils, food storage areas, premises, employees and their uniforms. Those who take part in the Clean Home competition can win cash prizes and souvenirs. Criteria include proper use of litter bins and cleanliness of general living areas. Under the school competitions, the public is being urged not to patronise illegal hawkers and also to consider the environmental and public health ramifications of illegal shop extensions.