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Concerted efforts to celebrate the Lunar New Year in a clean area


More than 70 youths from the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, together with their family members will help spread the message of keeping the environment clean at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) during the Lunar New Year Fireworks Display on February 2.

"Prior to the fireworks display that afternoon, they will be doing live broadcast of appeals to the public at the HKCC piazza, supplemented by recorded messages from radio DJs and celebrities," a spokesman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) said today (January 24).

Regarding the clean-up operation on the fireworks display night, 10 special squads comprising representatives from the LCSD and Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) will be formed to tackle illegal hawking and littering at the HKCC piazza and the vicinity. Police will also be stationed in the area to provide prompt support.

The officers will persuade and warn offenders first. Should warning fails, appropriate enforcement action will be taken.

More security guards will also be mobilized to patrol the area and to take necessary actions against vandalism with the assistance of the Police.

To speed up the cleaning of the venue, FEHD will arrange for 20 additional large refuse bins (660 litres each) to be placed at the Cultural Centre, apart from its existing 87 standard rubbish bins at the HKCC. More cleansing staff will be deployed to clear the bins as soon as they become full. FEHD will also arrange for large refuse trucks to clear the rubbish away.

The potted plants at the Piazza will also be removed to allow more space for enjoyment of fireworks display.

Public transport organisations such as New World First Bus, Kowloon Motor Bus and MTR have agreed to assist in promoting the message of love for the environment and public property. TV and radio stations will also render similar support.

"The support from different organisations and youths will help contribute to the concerted efforts in bringing about a civic-minded community," the LCSD spokesman added.

Members of the public are urged once again to help keep the Cultural Centre and other public venues clean during festive occasions. They should take note of the special land and sea traffic arrangements for the fireworks display and make use of public transport whenever possible.

End/Friday, January 24, 2003

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