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Public urged not to burn wax or litter during Mid-Autumn Festival

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) today (September 5) appealed to the public to keep places clean and tidy and not to burn wax when celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival.

     A spokesman for the LCSD said patrols would be stepped up at the department's venues including parks, public beaches and barbecue sites from September 11 to 13. On those three nights, about 1,000 staff would be deployed to take enforcement action against littering, wax-burning and flying sky lanterns.

     "We call on people not to burn wax when celebrating the festival. They should not sprinkle or pour liquids onto hot wax, or fly sky lanterns, which might cause injuries or damage to property," the spokesman said.

     He stressed that littering offenders would be issued with a fixed penalty notice with a fine of $1,500 while those who burn wax or fly sky lanterns might be prosecuted.

     According to the Pleasure Grounds Regulation, no person shall, in any pleasure ground, melt or burn any wax, or sprinkle or pour any liquid onto any hot wax, or fly sky lanterns. According to the Bathing Beaches Regulation, no person shall, on any bathing beach, do any act which is likely to endanger or obstruct any other person using the beach, or damage, deface or pollute the beach or anything situated thereon. Any person who is convicted is liable to a maximum fine of $2,000 and 14 days' imprisonment.

     "People should not place lit candles on the ground, on grass pitches or on beaches. Metal cans or non-flammable containers should be used to collect melted wax for easy disposal into litter bins after the containers cool down."

     He added that people can report wax burning cases at LCSD venues by calling the department's hotline 2414 5555 from 7pm to midnight on September 11 to 13. LCSD staff would be deployed to the scene promptly to take appropriate action.

Ends/Monday, September 5, 2011


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