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October
Figures on Cultural Centre for tonight's fireworks display

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1.5 tonnes of litter were cleaned up and collected at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) 30 minutes after the Hong Kong International Musical Fireworks Competition finished tonight (October 5), among which 1.2 tonnes were collected from the rubbish bins and 0.3 tonnes collected from the ground.

A Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) spokesman said, "There was a decrease of 2.5 tonnes as compared to the total of 4 tonnes (2.5 tonnes from the rubbish bins and 1.5 tonnes from the ground) collected during the National Day Fireworks Display."

"Measures had been stepped up against littering at the venue by putting up more banners, arranging on-site announcement regarding keep clean appeal to visitors prior to and after the fireworks display. Also, more departmental staff, security guards and cleansing staff were also deployed at the Cultural Centre," the spokesman said.

He said that 20 special enforcement squads comprising 100 officers were formed by representatives from the LCSD and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department to tackle the problems of littering and illegal hawking.

Also, more than 110 large and standard refuse bins were arranged at the venue to collect rubbish.

As part of the community support, around 100 youth had helped spread the message of care for our environment and help in the clean-up operation immediately after the fireworks display.

"Members of the public are reminded to be civic-minded and help keep places clean," the spokesman added.

End/Sunday, October 5, 2003

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