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Tons of rubbish cleared in Phuket airport beach clean-up

PHUKET: More than three tons of garbage were collected from Nai Yang Beach in Mai Khao in a mass clean-up operation in Phuket today (June 20) following a barrage of negative reports in the press highlighting people dumping their rubbish within the boundaries of Sirinath National Park.

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Tanyaluk Sakoot

Tuesday 20 June 2017, 07:17PM

The mass clean-up, involving more than 300 people, came after a direct order from Governor Norraphat Plodthong, Sirinath National Park Chief Witoon Dechpramualpol confirmed to The Phuket News.

The order followed local residents turning to Facebook to express their disgust at the state of the beach near the end of runway at Phuket International Airport, which is within Sirinath National Park and a popular area where tourists take photos as large aircraft fly low overhead while landing. (See story here.)

“Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday urged me to clear rubbish from this area along Nai Yang Beach, so we joined with staff from Phuket International Airport and officers from Mai Khao Municipality to hold a clean-up this morning,” Chief Witoon said.

“We collected about three tons of rubbish from along the beach. Most of the rubbish came the ocean and was washed up on the beach,” he added.

However, Chief Witoon made no mention of what action would be taken to prevent people from dumping piles of garbage in the area.

“Next, we will hold meeting with Phuket International Airport to set up security guards to block people from entering this zone, which is the airport has declared off limits for safety (see story here),” he said.

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“Too many people have been in the restricted area taking photos this week already,” he added.

Meanwhile, Airport General Manager Phet Chan-charoen today announced a new a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project by Airports of Thailand (AoT), which operates Phuket International Airport, to keep the beach clean.

“The objective of this project is to keep the beach clean and beautiful, from the runway to Sirinath National Park, for the good image of Phuket,” Mr Phet said.

The quick reaction to reports of unsighlty rubbish strewn along one of Phuket's popular tourist beaches follows the highly publicised launch of the "Keep Phuket Clean With Our Hands And Our Hearts" campaign in April.

The campaign holds government agencies responsible for keeping their respective areas clean and aims to have all public areas free of litter – and illegal dumping – by the end of 2017. (See story here.) 



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Pauly44 | 24 June 2017 - 07:57:53

Jor 12; My comment is an observation, if you find it illogical that is because most things in Thailand are & the fact that you cannot recognise this or choose to ignore it makes your post illogical, not mine!

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Jor12 | 23 June 2017 - 15:59:52

Paully44...merely commented on your illogical post. Don't know how you arrive at your conclusion. If you have any evidence you should be doing something about it.

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Pauly44 | 23 June 2017 - 11:28:31

Kurt; I'm well aware of the antics but have to correct him. Jor 12; your assertion that is must be a foreigner whom can't read the Thai language is ridiculous as majority of Thai's shun authority, don't follow any rules as they are simply too selfish, it is without any doubt it is they who are dumping the rubbish, gives all of us an insight into your thought process

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Eagle | 22 June 2017 - 18:30:32

I like the comment made by"concerned"A few words only but it says it all,contrary to someone who makes a doctoral-thesis out of it again.

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Jor12 | 22 June 2017 - 17:39:28

Kurt, I quote the piece for your edification..."Near my property there are 2 very large signs in Thai." If the signs are in Thai, the logical consequence is that those unable to read Thai are the culprits. How then do you find that illogical? Pretty simple and uncomplicated to me. 

Therefore, the point is, that rubbish dumpers - to which this article refers - must be non Thai readers.

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Kurt | 22 June 2017 - 16:20:26

That Jor12 is just challenging you to react on his illogical reaction.
That is his trick. Write something what has actually nothing to do with the PN article at all.
Than hope PN is publishing it, and there you go. 
Trapped!  On nothing substantial.
But you probably feel the urge to answer him.
That would giving him satisfaction.

I guess we can help/keep up PN newspaper standards by just ignoring this kind of people.

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Pauly44 | 22 June 2017 - 13:22:35

Jor 12; Yeah sure Thai's wouldn't do that, must be that pesky farang dumping building waste from his truck, are you for real?

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Jor12 | 21 June 2017 - 19:25:19

Paully44...then if it's written in Thai, the offenders must therefore be farang...or non-Thai literate persons. 

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Kurt | 21 June 2017 - 16:30:55

Pauly:  same near my place!
There is a yellow sign, warning with a fine of 2000 thb if people dump rubbish there at public land.
The funny thing is, private rubbish collectors, these who turns rubbish bins ins/outside to find what they like, they all dump the stuff after working hours on public land, near the sign, and use public land as their 'operational separation/storage shop'. 
Mess, smell and rats.

We did attend both on it, the Orbor Tor and Tessa Baan.
The only action was that 2000 thb penalty sign.
Further, things continue the same. Nothing change.

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Pauly44 | 21 June 2017 - 09:28:59

Near my property there are 2 very large signs in Thai saying dumping illegal, fine etc. And there are piles of rubbish dumped right underneath & all around them, as is also evident with driving the locals cannot or simply will not follow any rules.

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