Date announced for Great Hong Kong Cleanup Day (15)

The Great Hong Kong Cleanup Day will take place on September 23, part of the 17th annual Hong Kong Cleanup Challenge (on now until December 1).

Over eight million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans every year which, according to scientists, means that by 2050 there may be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

Every summer, many Hongkongers express their frustration with the copious amounts of plastic and waste washing up on our shores.

But have you ever considered cleaning it up? The Hong Kong Cleanup aims to give local individuals, communities, schools and businesses an opportunity to have a fun, fulfilling day out together while removing harmful plastic and debris from a natural ecosystem and, most importantly, collecting data. This data is used to compile the Global Trash Index and Trash Free Seas Alliance – providing an international snapshot of what’s polluting our oceans so work can be done to prevent specific items from reaching the water.

Since 2000, it has mobilised almost half a million people in over 25,000 groups to collect thousands of tonnes of rubbish.

Want to get involved? There are three ways to participate: sponsorship, hiring the team to organise a cleanup event, or signing up a team for the challenge. Cleanup sites are first-come, first-served so register now at