Clean Waterways Initiative is on a mission to clean up Hong Kong’s heavily polluted waterways and raise awareness to fight plastic pollution.

In partnership with HSBC

The world’s oceans are in the depths of a plastic crisis

Our oceans are overflowing with plastic as global economic growth and consumer demand takes a heavy toll on our planet. One piece of plastic can take millions of years to break down, resulting in an enormous threat to the marine environment.


Plastic has found its way into every marine ecosystem on the planet, from whales choking on plastic bags to turtles entangled in abandoned fishing nets. Over time, plastic debris breaks down into small pieces of microplastics which are ingested by marine species from plankton to whales.


Without action, many marine species and habitats face extinction. Also at risk is the health of 3 billion people that rely on seafood as their main source of protein.

Plastic Entering Our Oceans Every Year

8M Tonnes

80% of ocean plastic originates from land-based sources. 


Pieces of plastic already floating in our oceans

5 Trillions +

Scientists warn that by 2050 there will be more plastic (by weight) than fish in the sea.  


Microplastics ingested per person annually

50,000 Pieces

Microplastics attract harmful toxins which enter our food chain through the food we eat.   



Hong Kong waterways are drowning in plastic 



Hong Kong's beaches are awash with litter, studies showing microplastic levels as high as 5,600 pieces per square metre, 40% higher than the global average.


With landfills at capacity and a need for wider public awareness, Hong Kong’s plastic pollution problem is at crisis point.




Plastic Bottles disposed of in Hong Kong every day 


Single-Use Plastic

discarded in Hong Kong every week




More than 6,000 marine species are currently living in Hong Kong’s waterways.


We are working to protect the home of thousands of local marine life.




The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.

- Robert Swan OBE

Our Mission

Established in 2019, Clean Waterways Initiative is a non-profit on a mission with HSBC to collect waste from Hong Kong’s heavily polluted waterways and fight plastic pollution through increased awareness.


With our fleet of solar powered boats, our main goal is to prevent rubbish and plastic debris from making its way from the densely populated waterways of Hong Kong and into the open ocean where it will have a harmful effect on the marine ecosystems.


Our partnership with HSBC

Our boats form one part of the HSBC Clean Waterways Programme, which includes a series of community education and volunteer programmes to help address and raise awareness of the plastic waste issue.

Find out more about the programme


Solar Powered Vessels

Recognising the need for more efficient trash-collecting boats in Hong Kong, we have designed vessels that can efficiently collect, sort and unload trash from our waterways. Our boats are 100% solar powered with zero emission outputs.

Solar Panels

Providing enough power to maintain the onboard battery bank during operation.

Twin Electric Outboards

Allowing the boat to spin on the spot and manoeuvre easily in tight spaces.

On-Board Sorting

Sorting deck allowing for rubbish to be divided for recycling and landfill. 

Two-Stage Filtration Sytem

A primary rake collects large pieces and a secondary net catches smaller particles.



Green Powered

2565 litres

Capacity Per Load


Remote Monitoring


Targeting Hong Kong’s 

Trash Hotspots

Aberdeen and Victoria harbours are two of the most polluted waterways in Hong Kong. Our goal is to prevent rubbish and plastic debris from leaving these waterways and entering the open ocean where it will have a harmful effect on the marine ecosystems.

Victoria Harbour

Densely populated and host to 4 typhoon shelters, Victoria Harbour sees a large amount of plastic flow out into the South China Sea. Initially, two boats will cover the area between the Central ferry piers and the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter.

Aberdeen Harbour

A dense residential and commercial population combined with a large fishing fleet contributes to the area’s high trash levels. A large amount of waste found on the south of Hong Kong and Lamma Island comes from Aberdeen.

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Join our Education Program 

Cleaning up our waterways will not solve the plastic pollution crisis alone - that's why educating the next generation is a key element to our mission. Together with local environmental charity Plastic Free Seas, we host educational harbour tours to raise awareness around plastic pollution and spread knowledge around the 4 R's: Reduce, Rethink, Reuse and Recycle. 

We would love to have your school onboard. If you are interested in joining, please contact us through link below. 


Join the community

Ocean pollution needs collective action so let's all work together to keep our waterways and shorelines clean.

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