Environment Week begins with Tap Seac greening

Sunday, March 16, 2008
Issue 284, Page 1 & 2
Word count: 385
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The 27th Green Week was kicked off at the Tap Seac Square yesterday with a series of conservation activities and exhibitions.

The opening ceremony was staged yesterday afternoon at the square with stall games, balloon give-aways, traditional recreational games and stage performances all designed to raise the public’s awareness about the environment.

Some hundreds teenagers, parents and children participated in the activities including demonstrations of gardening skills and explanations of plant diseases from the city’s parks and green division.

Also, nature ecological documentaries, a workshop of tree leaf art and hedges design and flower-arrangement competitions made up the day’s events.

The week will continue with more than 40 green activities including seminars, lectures, issue of publications, plants exhibition, dancing competitions and a tree-planting day.

A sculptured hedge standing more than 15-foot tall and was created by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) was displayed at the centre of the square.

Introduced in 1982, IACM president Tam Vai Man said the annual event aimed at promoting the “green message” and encouraging the public to exercise more and experience nature in order to cultivate a “healthy and simple lifestyle”.

In addition, he said the week-long activities were to raise the public awareness of conserving the green zones in Macau and better utilising natural resources.

When asked by the Macau Daily Times about the hygienic of putting fully-loaded garbage disposal containers on streets during the night, IACM vice-president Cheung So Mui said the number of these containers had been reduced half after the introduction of garbage collection stations.

Ms Cheung said there were now no more than 1,000 disposal containers being taken care of by CSR and a total of 100 garbage collection stations will be in use in Macau once the project was completed.

However, before more disposal stations could be constructed, Ms Cheung said using containers remained the most effective way to collect garbage.

She added that the public was sometimes “lazy” in covering the containers with the lids provided.

Emphasising the blue containers only catered for household garbage, the vice-president told the MDT that many shops and renovation workers would also leave their trash inside the containers, overloading the system.

The Green Week, organised by the IACM, will run until March 23.

For more information about the upcoming activities, visit http://nature.iacm.gov.mo or call 28870277.


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