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Renovation worker convicted and fined for illegal disposal of construction waste in Yuen Long
     A renovation worker who illegally deposited construction and renovation waste at Sai Ching Street in Yuen Long was fined $6,000 by Fanling Magistrates' Courts today (September 19) for contravening the Waste Disposal Ordinance (WDO).

     A spokesman for the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) said that during an enforcement operation in March this year, a renovation worker was caught depositing several bags of renovation waste including plastics, rubble and wooden planks at a public place on Sai Ching Street in Yuen Long. After investigation, it was confirmed that the renovation worker had transported the waste there for disposal after completion of renovation works nearby. The EPD subsequently prosecuted the worker in accordance with the WDO.

     The spokesman said, "Sai Ching Street is a fly-tipping black spot of construction waste in Yuen Long. To help combat such illegal activity, the EPD installed a surveillance camera system at the area this September to step up monitoring and deterrence against illegal waste disposal."

     The spokesman reminded those involved in building renovation or waste handling that they should dispose of waste properly in accordance with the law, otherwise they will be prosecuted. Reusable materials or waste with recycling value should be collected by recyclers, while non-recyclable waste should be delivered to appropriate waste management facilities, such as designated waste transfer stations, public fill reception facilities or landfills, for proper treatment or disposal.

     Under the WDO, it is an offence for anyone to dispose of waste at public places. First-time offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $200,000 and six months' imprisonment.
Ends/Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Issued at HKT 15:00
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