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Bang Tao beach broken glass warning as monsoon brings tide of trash

Bang Tao beach broken glass warning as monsoon brings tide of trash

PHUKET: Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) Chief MaAnn Samran today (July 20) warned people not to visit Bang Tao Beach amid fears people may be injured by broken glass among the slew of trash and debris that washed up onto the beach over the weekend.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Monday 20 July 2020, 04:54PM

“Please do not go to Bang Tao Beach right now. There is too much trash. Please go to Surin Beach instead,” Mr MaAnn told The Phuket News today..

“Tomorrow Cherng Talay OrBorTor officers will join about 30 Russian expats to conduct a mass cleanup along the beach starting at 9am and continuing until midday,” he added.

The slew of trash, including plastic, glass fragments, branches and damaged fishing equipment, lies all along the beach, pushed onto the sand by the current strong southwest monsoon weather.

“Trash always washes up on our shores at this time of year,” Sirinath National Park chief Natthawat Nuisriram told The Phuket News today.

“The trash comes from the ocean, but a lot of it is waste that is thrown into the canals by local residents. The canals flow into the sea, and that trash just ends up on our beaches,” he added.

“I keep asking local officials to help prevent this problem, and I am always asking local communities to help keep trash out of the canals,” Chief Natthawat said.

Officers have already been tasked with clearing up the trash and debris that has washed ashore inside the park area, he added, while praising the efforts of volunteers and local residents who just turn up and help to clear the beach of trash during the southwest monsoon months.

“Thank you to all the people – Thai and foreign – who help by clearing trash from the beaches. The beaches belong to everyone. No single agency can keep the beaches clean alone. It is everyone’s responsibility,” he said.

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Chief Natthawat invited any persons wanting to join park officers during the regular cleanups.

“People wanting to join our beach cleanups can just contact our office and tell the officers that they want to help,” he said.

“If need be, people can call me directly on 081-9685725,” Chief Natthawat said.

Meanwhile, scores of officials, airport employees and local residents joined together to clear the Nai Yang Beach of trash debris today.

The cleanup, led by Wattanapong Suksai, Director of the Phuket Provincial office of the Ministry of Natural resources and Environment (MNRE), began at 9am.

Joining the cleanup were MNRE officers along with staff and other employees from Phuket International Airport nearby, led by Kriengkai Chanasuk, head of Phuket airport’s Safety Division.

Additonal reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub

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Island Man | 23 July 2020 - 08:08:57

Thank you for your enlightened comment Khun Capricornball

Kurt | 21 July 2020 - 10:52:33

Looking at the rubbish at beaches , much of it has thai stickers or thai inscriptions. It is mainly just Thai filthy stuff.. It is a Government job to make people not pollute, and if the Government is not doing that, then clean the beaches every day. Realise that these photos go viral world wide. TAT in no way can massage that away in her Thailand promotions.

Christy Sweet | 21 July 2020 - 10:46:09

The trash comes from my neighbor, who each and every morning, tosses his instant coffee packaging on the ground to wash onto my   property where I will pick it up. If more foreigners  picked up more Thais' trash, the beaches would be cleaner seems to be the mantra? 

Larry B | 21 July 2020 - 09:35:34

Surin Beach and BangTao are always dirty, why ? where does the taxes money goes ? Take the example of patong beach every day 30 staff clean the beach, tractors remove trees, motorbike remove trash bags ? Should ask Patong Major how she does it ? 

Island Man | 21 July 2020 - 07:36:40

The Parasail and Jet Ski companies, who make their living off the beaches, should volunteer to assist in cleaning up the beaches to give back to the community. Their tractors which are used to launch and recover watercraft could be fitted with a rake and rake the beaches on a regular basis. 

Kurt | 21 July 2020 - 00:27:10

The excuses flying around  ears. What photo's show is not a 'overnight pollution'. Regular daily clean up should be done  by MNRE and OrBor Tor's. Not once in a while. In the past the entrepreneurs with beach chair concessions kept beaches daily spotless. These good old days gone. Who now wants to buy a apt/house in that constant environment polluted area with 'polluting' l...

Capricornball | 20 July 2020 - 18:19:00

Yeah, and is the Chief going to waive the 200 baht entry fee to get into this s#!^hole? For the record...there has been no "current strong southwest monsoon weather". To the contrary, it has been as calm as can be. Also the broken glass didn't wash ashore...this is all local trash, mostly from local people. We all know who the biggest slobs at the beaches are, and it's not likely...


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