The Environmental Hangover from Mid-Autumn Festival

No doubt millions of people in China and around the world have enjoyed mid-autumn festival by being outdoors , lighting lanterns and enjoying the sight of a bright full moon.

But sadly many people leave the beaches and country parks littered with plastic: drinks bottles, glow sticks, food containers, lanterns and other junk. Much of this no doubt ends up in the water – if not in the same night or the following day, then carried off by birds or lost from rubbish trucks and bags. Here is a few pictures of the aftermath in Discovery Bay. Fortunately the beach in DB is privately owned by Hong Kong Resorts and therefore cleaned regularly. Other beaches are not and rely on volunteers to combat the tide of plastic rubbish.