Hong Kong CNN  — 

Trash piled meters deep on beaches where children usually swim, water littered with discarded food packaging and plastic bottles.

In recent days, Hong Kong’s beaches have been swamped by mountains of trash and environmentalists and residents say it’s got to stop.

“Trash on the beach is nothing new in Hong Kong, but this is completely different to what we would normally see,” said Gary Stokes, Southeast Asia Director at the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.