Wellington Street Public Toilet in Central. Hong Kong has a hygiene problem with its public loos, and most residents place little faith in such facilities. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Hong Kong’s lowly paid elderly toilet cleaners suffer in silence (and stench) as city struggles with dirty public loos

  • Tender system for lowest bidder in cleaning contracts and lack of public education clogging up efforts to improve embarrassing situation
  • Bad maintenance and lack of job welfare for cleaners raise scepticism over government’s HK$600 million bid to flush away issue
Topic |   City Weekend

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Wellington Street Public Toilet in Central. Hong Kong has a hygiene problem with its public loos, and most residents place little faith in such facilities. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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The interior of a public toilet along Tung Tsing Road in Kowloon City. Photo: Edmond So

HK$500 million expected in budget to upgrade Hong Kong’s toilets, but what can city learn from Singapore’s clean experience?

  • Advocates say amount to revamp 200 facilities not enough without maintenance and public education
  • Authorities urged to look into regular checks, tender system for contractors and better wages for cleaners
Topic |   Hong Kong Budget 2019-2020

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The interior of a public toilet along Tung Tsing Road in Kowloon City. Photo: Edmond So
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