'Unprecedented': Trash from China swamps Hong Kong beaches

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.
He called the size of the current trash pile "unprecedented."
    Labels and packaging seem to indicate that much of the trash comes from mainland China.