Rubbish bins get new look to foil animals

Local | Sophie Hui 25 Oct 2019

Officials have unveiled new rubbish bins for the streets of Hong Kong that have been designed to stop wild animals pulling out the waste thrown in them.

"More and more wild animals like wild pigs and monkeys are raiding refuse collection facilities in the urban fringe areas for food, causing more serious nuisance to nearby residents," said a spokesman of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

"In collaboration with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Environmental Protection Department, the AFCD commissioned a study to improve the existing designs of rubbish bins and litter containers to prevent raids by wild pigs or monkeys," he added.

The government said there are three new designs of rubbish bins.

The first is a large bin which can block raids by wild pigs. Since wild pigs usually push over the bin to find food, the new bin is housed with fences fixed to the ground.

The second new design stops monkeys from taking garbage and food directly by opening the lid. The new bins have a tightly closed lid but with a foot pedal so people can open the lid easily.

The third is a roadside litter container with foot pedal, which can prevent wild animals from taking garbage out.

The inner bin has also been improved to help cleaning workers to unload the trash. Slits have been added on the sides and at the back to secure the bin to a railing or a lamppost to prevent wild animals turning it over.

The department said the new designs are mainly to help residents who are living near country parks, and there will be 30 bins of each new design.

In the first phase of the trial, the bins have been placed in more than 40 places in eight districts: Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan, Southern District, Central and Western District, Sai Kung, Wan Chai, Kowloon City and Tai Po.

The bins have been placed at the entrance of villages, refuse collection points and on roadsides to collect household waste and other ordinary trash.

The AFCD is working with other government departments and the contractor to review the effectiveness of the new bins and will make improvements when necessary.

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