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Everyday as I step outside I’m confronted with 1,200-1,600 sq. feet (about 600 sq feet at least 2′ deep) of construction debris. This pile appears to be permanent now that my neighbor has started putting potted plants on the mound. But at least the workers brought in a small backhoe and buried the biggest pieces of rebar. The galvanize steel still sits on top of the pile along with some abandoned scaffolding, but it won’t rust. What is not shown in the drawing or photo are the gallons of unused paint that went into the creek that runs through the village. The water ran the color of milk for several days. Yuck. No wonder Big Wave Bay rates the dirtiest beach in Hong Kong SAR (with the exception of the beaches that are closed due to pollution).

I used to get very upset when this pile first started to appear 6 months ago as my neighbor bulldozed her house down. I did some quick research and found that this kind of dumping can earn you a HK$200,000 fine and 2 years in jail. Illegal dumping is a huge problem in Hong Kong because it cost so much to take rubbish to the landfill. In Big Wave Bay disposing of trash can double the cost of your house. And everyone here is very frugal and have made it clear to all concerned that the authorities are not welcome. This is mainly because so many people here are doing this kind of dumping that calling in the feds would open up a huge problem for everyone here. At least there are a couple of potted plants on the trash pile to cover up any aesthetic problems I may have had. And in the grand scheme of things I just have to remember: the Earth is a minor planet in the solar system. Ahhh….feeling better already. 😉

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