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Flood of plastic waste washes ashore Phuket beach

Flood of plastic waste washes ashore Phuket beach

PHUKET: MaAnn Samran, Chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration (OrBorTor), today told The Phuket News that he will dispatch officers to inspect the deluge of plastic waste that has smothered large areas of Layan and Leypang beaches and organise a mass clean-up operation.

By The Phuket News

Monday 17 August 2020, 05:32PM

The deluge of trash was pushed ashore by the southwest monsoon over the weekend, and appears to stretch kilometres along the beach, from Layan Beach through Laypang Beach on Bang Tao Bay on Phuket’s central west coast.

After receiving images of the trash covering huge areas of the beach, Mr MaAnn said that he was surprised to see so much debris along the sands.

“A cleanup was held last Tuesday (Aug 11),” he said.

No one else had told him about the state of the beach today, he added.

“Usually when officers are told about trash on the beach, we send officers to investigate. Let me speak with our officers about this,” he said.

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“I will not be able to inspect this myself until Wednesday, but in the meantime our officers will look into cleaning it up,” he added.

“At this stage I have no idea what the details of any clean-up will be, but we will let people know as soon as it is organised,” Mr MaAnn said.

A video showing the huge volume of plastic waste covering the beaches was sent toThe Phuket News earlier today.

“The amount of plastic waste on Laypang/Layan beach is incredible. Also behind the beach where storms have blown it,” the reader wrote in an email.

“I assumed it was all from Thailand, but looking closely it is clear 95% of it is from Malaysia and Indonesia as some labels do survive,” he added.

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Kurt | 19 August 2020 - 10:06:57

Are Bar owners responsible for cleaning beaches?  That is funny. They are not allowed to have bars on the Beach. And, drinking on Phuket beaches is forbidden. Keeping beaches clean is Orbor Tor Officialdom business. Check, check, check and clean beaches. Very simple, not need much educational background for that.

BigA | 19 August 2020 - 08:56:00

This is every year the same !Perhaps we customers at this Beachbar's  should tell this so called Barowners clean up or I drink on an other bar where the beach is clean (er) ! Perhaps ???

Kurt | 19 August 2020 - 07:42:17

Doesn't matter from where the plastic waste came from. Fact is that of this Orbor Tor the Officials not daily check/clean beaches. What the photos show is not a 'overnight' thing. Is it so difficult for Chief Cherng Talay Tambon to drive by daily to look a moment at the state of 'his' beaches? Strange that thai officials of beach Tambons not have more affinity with beaches.

DeKaaskopp | 18 August 2020 - 11:22:39

@JohnC/Christy Sweet   Why should it be all from Thailand ?Never heard about currents.Same as trash from Thailand drifts to other countries,trash from Malaysia/Indonesia easily can drift here. Or is there no pollution in Malaysia/Indonesia ?

JohnC | 18 August 2020 - 09:14:06

(“I assumed it was all from Thailand, but looking closely it is clear 95% of it is from Malaysia and Indonesia as some labels do survive”}  Now there is the stupidest thing I have read for a very long time. Of course 99% of it originates in Thailand where the locals love to throw their rubbish anywhere but in the bin. Try telling the true occasionally!

Christy Sweet | 18 August 2020 - 09:08:48

Bollocks. The trash comes from a lazy Thai populace that routinely discards waste on the ground.

Timothy | 18 August 2020 - 09:02:36

I wonder why all the illegal bars and restaurants are not cleaning up the beach? Is that not part of their "agreement" with Mr. MaAnn? Their  contract must include beach cleaning by the O BorTor. AND free demolition when the next temporary purge comes. 

Kurt | 18 August 2020 - 08:48:02

Chief Cherng Talay: I am surprised. No idea, etc. Speak to your officers to check the beaches daily, i't their job. Is that not normal practice? Well, this was all coming ashore from last Thursday till Sunday stormy days. All these days no beach checks, no reports to the Chief? Sloppy Orbor Tor organisation.

Fascinated | 17 August 2020 - 18:55:40

There was a lot on Kamala Beach as well- all very similar. It was as if a shipment of plastic bags had been washed off a ship.


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