Deputy Chief Secretary Warner Cheuk said on Sunday that he’s confident that Hong Kong will become much cleaner after the launch of a city-wide operation against hygiene black spots.
He was speaking after inspecting cleaners removing rubbish and a number of abandoned motorcycles in Yau Tsim Mong district.
Cheuk said locations named as a black spot won’t be removed from the government's list even after they are cleaned, because the operation is on-going.
“In the foreseeable future, I do not expect to remove those black spots, including back lanes from our target list, although the target list is (active),” he said.
“Currently, we have around 600 black spots. That number may grow in response to community feedback about other hygiene black spots.”
He asked people to stop throwing rubbish in the streets, saying if such behaviour continues, the problem of dirty streets will be like a "recurring nightmare" despite authorities’ efforts.
Cheuk also inspected streets in Sham Shui Po and noted there was construction waste lying around.
He said the government offers a pick-up service for such waste and people just need to call a hotline to make an appointment.
Cheuk added that those who fail to do so are irresponsible, and the government will make prosecutions.
He and Home and Youth Affairs Secretary Alice Mak and other officials also visited two so-called “three-nil” buildings in Kowloon City that don’t have owners’ corporations, any forms of residents’ organisations or property management companies.
They also inspected rodent control devices in Hung Hom Estate.
Last updated: 2022-08-14 HKT 16:42