Volunteers remove 5 tonnes of trash from Shap Long

More than 80 volunteer workers removed at least 5 tonnes of rubbish from remote Shap Long Beach yesterday. The cleanup was organised by Beyond Plastic.

A volunteer, Marcus Turner, said the trash collected included “everything from plastic packaging, polystyrene and microplastics to discarded fishing nets, steel oil drums, large plastic storage drums, abandoned kayaks etc.”

“The volunteers came from all from all over Hong Kong. Many of the volunteers who attend the clean-ups on a regular basis are Filipino and Indonesian helpers who spend their one day off a week doing this,” he said.

“You can see the beach looks a lot cleaner but there are still a lot of microplastics there and more rubbish that will accumulate, so it is a never ending process.”

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