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No littering or burning wax at LCSD venues

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department today (September 8) appealed to people to keep LCSD venues clean and tidy at Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations.

A spokesman stressed that the department would adopt a zero tolerance approach to anyone littering or burning wax in department venues.

Littering offenders will be issued with fixed penalty tickets of $1,500 each.

"People should pack up their rubbish for proper disposal into litter bins," he said.

Under the Pleasure Grounds Regulation, melting or burning wax, or sprinkling or pouring liquid onto hot wax at department venues, which would likely cause a risk of injury to any person or damage to any property, is prohibited.

"An offender is liable to a maximum fine of $2,000 and 14 days' imprisonment upon conviction," the spokesman said.

Patrols will be stepped up at department venues including parks, public beaches and barbecue sites. On each night from September 17 to 19, around 1,000 staff will be deployed to take enforcement action against offenders.

He reminded people to place metal cans or non-flammable containers under lit candles to collect melted wax for easy disposal into litter bins.

People can report wax-burning cases at department venues by dialing the hotline 2414 5555 which will operate from 7pm to midnight on September 17, 18 and 19.

"Upon receiving any complaint, we will immediately deploy our staff to the scene to take appropriate enforcement action," the spokesman said.

Ends/Thursday, September 8, 2005

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