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Figures on Cultural Centre during New Year celebrations

As from December 31, 2003, 7 pm to January 1, 2004, 6 am, 2.5 tonnes of litter were cleaned up and collected at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC), among which 2 tonnes were collected from the rubbish bins and 0.5 tonnes collected from the ground. Last year, there were 6 tonnes of rubbish collected.

7 fixed penalty tickets were issued to littering offenders. Also, there were 41 verbal warnings on illegal hawking, 1 verbal warnings on spray painted activities. No trees, sculptures and walls were found spray-painted.

A Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) spokesman said, "The Department stepped up measures against littering at the venue by putting up more banners and arranging on-site announcement regarding keep clean appeal to visitors. More departmental staff, security guards and cleaning staff were also deployed at the Cultural Centre."

He said that LCSD deployed 100 staff to patrol the venue. Special enforcement teams were formed with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department that also had 100 staff in Tsim Sha Tsui area, to tackle the problems of littering and illegal hawking. The Police would also take necessary action against spray painting and vandalism.

More than 140 large and standard refuse bins were arranged to collect rubbish while 50 cleaning staff worked overnight to clean up the venue.

As part of the community support, over 100 volunteers helped spread the message of care for our environment.

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

Ends/Thursday, January 1, 2004
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