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In Pictures: Beach clean-up yet again finds styrofoam to be scourge of Hong Kong waters

Styrofoam is yet again a major culprit in contaminating the eastern waters of Hong Kong, according to NGO Living Seas Hong Kong.

Living Seas Hong Kong beach cleanup

Styrofoam everywhere. Photo: Living Seas Hong Kong.

David O’Dwyer, the chairman of the organisation, said that the main source of styrofoam is packaging and lunch boxes.

Living Seas Hong Kong beach cleanup

A volunteer among all types of trash. Photo: Living Seas Hong Kong.

Volunteers from the group participated in the 2016 Hong Kong Cleanup campaign last Saturday by clearing Bayside Beach and Clearwater Bay.

Living Seas Hong Kong beach cleanup

Removing waste. Photo: Living Seas Hong Kong.

They were split into two teams – one that cleaned underwater litter and another that cleared the shoreline.

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A volunteer in the diving team. Photo: Living Seas Hong Kong.

The teams collected almost 500 kilograms of rubbish this year, compared to 2015, when 351 kilograms were collected by a greater number of volunteers.

Living Seas Hong Kong beach cleanup

500 kilograms of rubbish. Photo: Living Seas Hong Kong.

Living Seas Hong Kong said that the beach was “found in poor condition [during] this year’s cleanup” and that there was “more plastic and polystyrene than they have seen in recent cleanups.”

Living Seas Hong Kong beach cleanup

Photo: Living Seas Hong Kong.

It also said that “styrofoam waste [breaks] down into thousands and thousands of very small pieces” and “extra effort was needed to remove them.” It called for a larger effort to halt the build-up of trash.

Living Seas Hong Kong beach cleanup

Rubbish everywhere. Photo: Living Seas Hong Kong.

As part of the campaign, the types and quantity of trash are recorded and analysed to better understand and resolve the issue.

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Photo: Living Seas Hong Kong.

Living Seas Hong Kong beach cleanup

Cleaning up. Photo: Living Seas Hong Kong.

Living Seas Hong Kong beach cleanup

Volunteers pose with collected trash. Photo: Living Seas Hong Kong.

In Pictures: Beach clean-up yet again finds styrofoam to be scourge of Hong Kong waters