It’s been a long time coming, explains Supasima ‘Nui’ Sangwan, the coordinator for the Kamala-based NEV-Net (Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Volunteer Network), who is personally training the two full time cleaners.
“I have been going around with the staff since they started on August 1 to show them where the worst affected areas are, and explain to them about recycling and other environmental issues.”
The beach cleaners, who will wear KGC vests, will work six days a week, nine hours a day and will be paid B9,000 each per month. As an added incentive, they will be allowed to keep and then sell on all recyclables collected in the area.
Salaries for the beach cleaners were raised by the Kamala Green Club (KGC), which is comprised of local business members and concerned individuals, while the local OrBorTor will provide the cleaners with bags and refuse collection equipment.
It’s a great initiative, believes Ms Nui, and one that is only able to work because of the good working relationship between the different components.
“Other areas in Phuket don’t have this same partnership and work ethic of working together like we do. It’s equal and fair and so everybody has fun and wants to work together.”
Ms Nui adds that around 50 per cent of people resident in Kamala belong to either the Kamala Green Club or NEV-Net.
Enough money has been raised to ensure that the two beach cleaners are paid for the next four months, but by then Ms Nui believes that the OrBorTor may take over, as “they have a plan.”
It is hoped that, much like the KGC has done with recycling and other environmental initiatives, other areas of Phuket will be inspired and motivated to introduce similar schemes in the future.
Meanwhile the Kamala Green Club and Nev-Net also have lots of plans for the neighbourhood, “We’re going to plant more trees, and also want to install Magic Eyes signs around the area, with bins attached.”
To find out more information about the Kamala Green Club, visit: facebook.com/KamalaGreenClub. Or to contact Mrs Nui at Nev-Net, call 089 648 3603.