HONG KONG – An area as busy with boat traffic as Aberdeen harbor in southern Hong Kong tends to get dirty, but a small army of environmental volunteers on Saturday tried to make sure the port stays clean, an epa journalist reported.
About 70 volunteers with the Save Aberdeen Harbor Alliance went out into the water today in boats and armed with nets to scoop up floating trash.
They worked in two shifts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and after the workers brought the garbage back onto land in bags, it was sorted into recyclable and non-recyclable trash.
The goal of the environmental group is to examine the trash, determine where it originates and then send a report to Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department, as a means of pressuring the government to do more to keep the harbor clean.
Volunteers plan to look at what is on the labels of the garbage, for example if the information is written in simplified Chinese, it can be determined that it came from Mainland China.
As Aberdeen harbor faces south, much trash is suspected to flow into it on ocean currents.
The harbor is famous for its floating villages and floating seafood restaurants.