Sanitation workers collected about 1,500 tons of fireworks debris in Haikou on the first day of the Chinese lunar New Year, the most important festival in China.
According to the report, some 6,135 sanitation workers and street sweepers collected tattered red-paper cardboard casings from spent fireworks on the streets across the city after the New Year celebrations.
Fireworks are a part of traditional celebrations marking the Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, a big day for family reunions which fell on February 19 this year.
“The fireworks generate a huge amount of pollution in a short time, increasing the density of sulfur dioxide and major airborne pollutants,” the local environmental protection authority said.
"To improve air quality and create a favorable environment for you and your family members, please set off fewer fireworks or no fireworks in order to reduce emissions of pollutants," said the local environmental protection authority.
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