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VISITORS have carved out more than 50 paths across pristine grassland at the Expo site. More than 30 percent of light-up devices for smokers have been souvenired.

Some smokers don't stay in designated areas and many visitors don't flush the toilets.

These are some of the visitor behavior problems that caused the Expo organizer yesterday to announce a weeklong crackdown to remind patrons to behave themselves.

Citing these and other infractions as thoughtless, uncivilized and recurring since the event opened, the organizer promised more staff to patrol the site to improve public manners.

The organizer said they would restore the smoking lighters as soon as possible and improve services to visitors but they expected people to behave themselves.

Problems have been caused by visitors throwing broken umbrellas into the site's rubbish bins and blocking the sophisticated hi-tech rubbish transmission system.

However, the organizer admitted the hi-tech rubbish bins had no signs warning visitors about their usage.

The computer-controlled system uses exhaust shafts to create negative pressure to send trash to a rubbish stations via tubes. Guo Hua, the system's chief engineer, said it could be promoted to residential areas of Shanghai after the Expo.

About 50 "Y" shaped green rubbish bins that link to the system are located around the China Pavilion and the Culture Center.

Umbrellas, plastic bags, burning cigarettes and batteries should not be thrown into the rubbish bins, said Yuan Shumin, the system's chief operational officer.

As for the cigarette lighter devices, the organizer will restore them all within the month and connect them to pillars by security wires to avoid theft, said Xi Qunfeng, director of the Construction Department of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

The organizer set up about 50 smoking areas with lighter devices that used heating wire because conventional lighters and matches are forbidden from the site.

But many of the devices were stolen because they matched the systems used in vehicles.

The new device will use an alternating current so visitors don't need to wait when lighting up, but importantly they will be useless in vehicles, Xi said.

The smoking areas are positioned near some toilets across the site. Benches and sunshades will also be built to encourage smokers to stay in the designated areas, he said.

Many smokers were found lighting up at the smoking area but wandering away to smoke in non-designated places.

However, they would be educated without any penalty, Xi said.

Volunteers and Expo staff advise more than 100 people a day who smoke at non-smoking areas.

The organizer has ordered cleaners to repeatedly check every toilet cubicle and flush them after some visitors were found leaving without flushing, Xi said.

For the city's looming rainy season, the Expo organizer has checked the site's drainage system to ensure no road flooding. The organizer also said it had installed 60,000 square meters of additional overhead covers at pavilion waiting areas.


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