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Ho-Hai-Yan festival-goers leave 102 tonnes of trash

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Following the conclusion of the annual Ho-Hai-Yan Gongliao Rock Festival at New Taipei City’s (新北市) Fulong Beach (福隆海灘) on Sunday, the city’s Bureau of Environmental Protection said it took 850 people to collect a total of 102 tonnes of trash during the five-day festival.

The annual rock festival attracted 870,000 visitors to the beach this year — the most in the festival’s history and 100,000 more than last year, the officials said, adding that most trash was also created this year. Last year, 63 tonnes of trash was discarded.

This year, 52 tonnes of general trash and 50 tonnes of recyclable trash were collected, accounting to an average of about 0.06kg of trash produced by each visitor.

With a performance by popular pop-rock band Mayday (五月天) on the last day of the event on Sunday, an enormous number of concertgoers poured into the area, leaving 49.5 tonnes of trash in one day, the bureau said.

The bureau said 240 trash cans were placed in the festival area during the event and 170 cleaning personnel a day helped pick up trash left behind by visitors.

The bureau also held an event to encourage volunteer work by providing gifts in exchange for collected recyclable trash, with about 3,900 visitors participating.

According to the bureau’s data, about 3,900 tin or aluminum cans, 14,000 plastic bottles, 4,000 plastic cups, 235kg of paper and 3.4kg of cigarette butts were picked up by volunteers during the five days.

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