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Kai Tak site accident being probed

The Government expressed that it is highly concerned about an accident involving the collapse of a bamboo scaffold at a Kai Tak construction site today in which two workers were killed and three others injured.   A preliminarily investigation by the Buildings Department (BD) found that the scaffold, measuring about 15m by 8m, fell to the ground from the external wall on the 19th floor of a building under construction.   The BD said it will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the incident, including whether the scaffold, as temporary works, complied with the Buildings Ordinance and whether the registered contractor and any related persons have properly discharged their responsibilities.   It added that if anyone is found in contravention of the ordinance, it will take follow-up actions, including instigating prosecution and referring to the Contractors Disciplinary Board for disciplinary proceedings.   The Labour Department (LD) also launched an immed

Recycling facilities open for LNY

The Environmental Protection Department today said that during the Lunar New Year all 36 GREEN@COMMUNITY recycling stores will extend their service by three hours on February 7 and operate for six hours from February 11 to 13.

 

In a press statement announcing the special operational arrangements for the GREEN@COMMUNITY facilities during the holidays, the department said the recycling stores will operate from 9am to 10pm on February 7 for people to bring the recyclables generated during the year-end clean-up.

 

All recycling stores will be closed on February 10 and open from 11am to 5pm between February 11 and 13 to provide self-service recycling for the public.

 

As the holidays approach, the department said it expected more people to visit the recycling stores and urged them to go during non-peak hours to shorten the waiting time.

 

It added that although recyclables can be placed into the self-service recycling cage trolleys or receptacles located outside most of the recycling stores beyond the operating hours, people should not leave the recyclables outside the stores or on the street when the cage trolleys or receptacles are full, to avoid affecting nearby residents and the environment.

 

The department also pointed out that six of the 11 recycling stations will be closed from February 10 to 13, while GREEN@EASTERN, GREEN@YUEN LONG, GREEN@SHAM SHUI PO, GREEN@KWAI TSING and GREEN@TAI PO will resume operations on February 13. 

 

During the closure, citizens can place recyclables into the self-service recycling facilities inside the stations or outside the gates.


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