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|WWF-Hong Kong's corrugated plastic boxes|
"This has a huge impact on the environment as foam is very brittle and light, making it very hard to clean up once it's in the sea."
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What was the reaction? One would have thought the fishing industry would welcome the chance to improve the environment.
Instead Hong Kong Fishermen Consortium chairman Cheung Siu-keung says they would only consider the corrugated plastic crates if they were cheap, functional and durable.
"The most important consideration will be the ability to maintain the temperature of its contents," he said. "Reliable supply will also be important."
Yeung also hopes the fishermen will consider deploying special trawler nets to scoop up floating refuse more efficiently, and even bring back refuse in their nets back to shore instead of dumping them into the sea.
"Rubbish should be cleaned up in the sea and sorted onshore and given a new product life. In Hong Kong, there are no groups or companies doing this," he says.
We all need to pitch in to make the harbour cleaner. And it seems just trying to get the right attitude from stakeholders is the biggest challenge of all...