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January
All-out effort to keep LCSD venues clean on New Year's Eve
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It was an all-out effort last night to keep Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) venues clean and tidy after people celebrated on New Year's Eve.

A department spokesman said that from 6pm yesterday (December 31) to 4.30am today (January 1), 1.7 tonnes of rubbish were collected at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) ; 0.91 tonnes at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Avenue of Stars (AOS) and UC Centenary Garden, and 1.66 tonnes at Shatin Park and Shatin Town Hall.

For the rubbish collected, 1.6 tonnes were cleared from litter bins at the HKCC and 0.1 tonnes from the ground; 0.78 tonnes from litter bins at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, AOS and UC Centenary Garden, and 0.13 tonnes from the ground; 1.64 tonnes from the litter bins at the Shatin Park areas and 0.02 tonnes from the ground.

A total of 15 verbal warnings and 19 fixed penalty tickets were issued to littering offenders.

Also, there were 61 verbal warnings given and one summon issued for illegal hawking.

Last year, 2.5 tonnes and 1.11 tonnes of rubbish were collected at the HKCC and Shatin Park areas respectively, while 2.7 tonnes were collected from the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and UC Centenary Garden.

The LCSD, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and Police deployed law enforcement teams to patrol in the Tsim Sha Tsui and Shatin Park areas and took action against littering, illegal hawking and vandalising of public property.

"Anti-littering and crowd management measures in Cantonese, Putonghua and English were broadcast regularly through public announcement systems at the HKCC, AOS, Shatin Park and Shatin Town Hall," the spokesman said.

Extra litter bins were placed in the Tsim Sha Tsui and Shatin Park areas to maintain cleanliness.

"We deployed additional workers to our venues to promptly clear rubbish and perform overnight cleaning duties," he added.

Ends/Saturday, January 1, 2005
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