Cleanup Diary: 27 November 2010

Po Wah Yuen – sitting area by benches, beach and pagoda near O Tsai (fishermen’s village)

This time the destination was the little beach on the other side of the fishermen’s village, as well as the path to, and the area around, the nearby pagoda. On the way, however, we passed by the benches at the top of Po Wah Yuen.

While there are a great number of bins just around the corner, there isn’t one near the benches, and it is here that people evidently sit and eat, drink, or smoke, then toss their rubbish down the bank behind them.

Well, we couldn’t walk past that mess!

Here is what we collected:




Then onto the beach. Here is some of the rubbish we collected:


Without the rubbish, this beach is beautiful with wonderful views across to the other islands. There are also lots of interesting shells and bits of worn glass – a great place to take the kids for a treasure hunt.

And then to the pagoda,  people continue to toss rubbish into the undergrowth around the pagoda rather than put it in the bin that is about 3 metres away. Here is the rubbish we collected (with Kate looking suitably unimpressed by this point!)


And now some good news. We did a family clean up around the children’s playground in Pak Kok on 23rd October. The playground itself was clean, but just over the wall was chocka with drinks cartons and sweet wrappers. We collected 5 big bags of rubbish. There was no bin in the playground itself and the problem was that when people put their empty tetra paks, plastic bottles or cans on the wall, they invariably fell off onto the other side onto private land and, therefore, outside LCSD’s responsibility.

I contacted LCSD to report this and they have promised to put a bin within the playground. Hopefully in future it will get used and the rubbish will subside.

We also received a report from one of our members that a large amount of rubbish had been left on the “farmer’s beach” – the one down the hill from the pagoda on the path over to Sok Yu Wan (see picture below). We contacted the FEHD, who promptly cleared the rubbish from the beach. This must have been a tremendous effort and we’d like to publicly thank the FEHD for their response on this.

Rubbish cleared by FEHD on 13th November 2010

If you would like to help clean up Lamma, this is what you can do:

  • Organise your own cleanup – this doesn’t have to be large scale or take too much time. Every bag helps!
  • If you need assistance, then let us know – we can appeal for volunteers for larger scale clean ups.
  • Keep a simple record of what you pick up from where and let us know about it. This can help us in our communications with government and in planning long term fixes.
  • Do some research – if the rubbish is on government land, then the department responsible for that land should clean it up. If it is on private land, try to find out who the owner is and whether they would mind if you clean up the rubbish – be careful not to trespass or take private property without consent.
  • If the rubbish is on non-government gazetted beaches or is off the side of the path, the chances are you can just clean it up. We have bags and gloves from FEHD if you need them. Please do not make your bags too heavy and put them in or next to a rubbish collection point so that the FEHD can pick them up easily.

I will be doing cleanups every Saturday at 10 am

Jo Wilson, Living Lamma, November 2010