[July] Keep Up With The Local Environmental News

  1. Greenpeace finds microplastics from the streams of multiple tourist spots. The microplastics are mainly polypropylene (PP) – likely from disposable plastics such as packaging, tableware and masks. [More details]
  2. The Environmental Protection Department proposed the “Scheme on Regulation of Disposable Plastic Tableware” and launched a public consultation on 8th September. The scheme is to ban the sale of styrofoam tableware and the provision to the eatery customers. Other types of disposable plastic tableware will be regulated in two phases: 1. Prohibit the provision of all plastic disposable tableware to customers for dine-in services and the provision of plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery for take-away meals; 2. A complete ban on the provision of all disposable plastic tableware for both dine-in and takeaway services. [More details]
  3. Within the first five days of Lung Mei Beach opening, over 100 people were stung by sea urchins and jellyfish. Unsurprisingly District Councillors are concerned about a large number of marine creatures found at the beach and the corresponding measures for conserving them. They urge the Government to follow up and inform the general public about the measures. [More details] Professor LEUNG Mei Yi urges the public to change their perception about the beach, and the presence of marine creatures is an opportunity to learn more about them.
  4. Pak Lap is located at the periphery of Sai Kung Country Park and has a large area of seasonal freshwater wetland. The wetland has been subject to different levels of damage since the last decade. Recently, the landowner proposed the development of agricultural land into an education center with multiple buildings [See proposal]. Green groups are concerned that the approval of this planning application is no different from approving “Destroy First, Develop Later”. [More details (Chinese only)]
  5. Eight green groups petitioned at the Town Planning Board (TPB) on 7th July and urged TPB to object to the application of rezoning 7 Green Belt areas in Ma On Shan for residential use. The proposed sites are adjacent to Ma On Shan Country Park and multiple heritages at the old iron mine. Approximately 2,780 trees will be removed including multiple species of conservation value. The habitat and feeding grounds for the wildlife will be permanently lost. 7,286 public comments were submitted with 99% of respondents opposing the proposal. This proposal for rezoning Green Belt areas received the greatest objection from the general public in recent years. [More details (Chinese only)]
  6. On 26th July, Hong Kong Customs seized about 14.4kg of suspected scheduled dried totoaba fish maws with an estimated market value of about $3.2 million at Hong Kong International Airport. The fish maws were mix-loaded with non-scheduled dried fish fillets, arriving from Mexico en route to Vietnam. Petition HERE to stop wildlife traffickers using our city.

  7. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department is planning to build a multipurpose waste management building in Hung Shui Kiu. PolyU Jockey Club “Operation SoInno” proposed a design that integrates waste-collection and recycling functions, space and facilities for frontline cleaners. [Learn More]