Cleanup Diary 6 Nov 2010

Lamma Community Beach Cleanup Nga Kau Wan

It was a horrible rainy day, but nonetheless 14 people showed up for the first in a series of cleanups organized by Living Lamma members.

The beach was awash with plastic bottles and polystyrene. There was also a lot of plastic sheeting, old rope and amah sacking that had been partially buried and that was particularly difficult to move. Here are some pictures…

BEFORE THE CLEANUP

Rubbish, rubbish, everywhere…….

HARD AT WORK

A NICE CLEAN BEACH

BAGS OF TRASH AND RECYCLING

OUR CREW

Many thanks to all who came out, particularly the cub scouts and Sui Yu, who also provided a photographic record of the day. Our thanks also to the District Office and Rural Committee, and all the local businesses that helped us advertise the event, as well as to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, which provided bags and gloves for the event.

We’d also like to thank whoever removed the half a cement mixer drum, which had been there at least since February when the beach was photographed as part of Living Lamma’s Stop the Mess! Campaign. It was still there two weeks before our clean up, but then mysteriously vanished, for which we were very thankful.

Now that the bulk of the rubbish has been removed, we would like to enlist the help of some friends of Living Lamma to monitor and clean the beach. Anyone can be a friend, and don’t worry, if the tide brings in too much for you to handle, you can let us know and we will organize some volunteers to help you. Please email livinglamma@yahoo.com to volunteer.

We will be organizing other clean ups every couple of weeks. The aim is to clean an area and then set up a monitor system that can help keep Lamma tidy and provide evidence of where the rubbish is coming from. This can assist our lobbying and education efforts. If you want to be on our distribution list, then please email livinglamma@yahoo.com.