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July
Crackdown on littering at beaches and parks

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The Leisure and Cultural Services Department says it will crack down on littering at its venues.

"The measures are being taken to tie in with the Government's anti-littering efforts to keep Hong Kong clean," a spokesman for the department said.

Twenty-four fixed-penalty notices have been issued by the department to offenders at its venues since the implementation of the new fixed penalty of $1,500 on June 26.

Of the 24, 15 were issued in parks - 13 for littering and two for spitting, and the other nine were issued at beaches and barbecue areas, all for littering.

"Our venue staff have stepped up patrols at the above venues and anyone found littering at our venues will be prosecuted," the spokesman said.

"Nevertheless, we are pleased to observe that most of our park visitors and beach-goers are in fact very self-disciplined.

"They are civic-minded citizens and dispose of their refuse in the litter bins, which are emptied by our cleaning contractor staff once they are full," he added.

The spokesman reiterated that the department would not tolerate people who littered at recreational venues, especially parks, beaches and barbecue areas and strict enforcement action would be taken.

In addition to daily inspections by venue staff, the special patrols set up by the department in the 18 districts have increased inspections and conducted anti-littering raids during weekends and public holidays at major parks, beaches and barbecue areas.

The spokesman appealed to the public for their co-operation to help keep venues clean and tidy. "These venues are built for the whole community and it is everyone's civic responsibility to be considerate of other users."

End/Friday, July 4, 2003

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