Hong Kong cleaners, green groups despair as pandemic trash piles up with disposable plastic, sanitiser bottles, masks everywhere

Cleaning worker Fung Lan-ying has been working a lot harder since the pandemic began, collecting garbage from a block of public flats at a housing estate in Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin.She used to gather trash that filled three or four 660-litre bins each day. Now the residents toss out enough garbage to fill 10 of the bins daily, an amount she only encountered previously on the first day of Lunar New Year.“It’s mostly food waste and takeout boxes,” said Fung, 60, who has been collecting trash for…


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