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Koh Siray targetted over deluge of trash

PHUKET: Atthaphon Charoenchansa, Director-General of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), was in Phuket in person yesterday (Dec 1) to see firsthand the volume of trash that has inundated a village near the Phuket Fishing Port area in Ratsada.

By The Phuket News

Friday 2 December 2022, 11:17AM

The area is estimated to have accumulated more than 100 tonnes of trash

The trash problem at the village ‒  a recurring issue for more than 20 years ‒ gained Mr Atthaphon’s attention after a social media post highlighting the volume of trash to be dealt with gained national traction online.

Coinciding with Mr Atthaphon’s visit, Ratsada Mayor Nakarin Yosaengrat organised municipality workers to arrive in numbers to conduct a ‘Big Cleaning Day’ in Mr Atthaphon’s presence.

Despite most of the trash evidently being washed up by the tide, Mr Atthaphon thought it prudent to speak to the villagers about keeping their village clean. Most of the villagers are migrant Myanmar workers, pointed out a report of the visit by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

Ratsada Municipality used to collect garbage from the site, but much of the waste in the village is from people dumping trash into sea water, the report admitted.

Regardless, the report said “:successfully solving [the problem] depends on the awareness of the residents as well.”

“In the past, the residents were unaware that wherever you throw away the trash, it causes the amount of waste to increase rapidly. After this, if they don’t help each other take care, the authorities will have to enforce the law,” the report said.

Ratsada Municipality will hire a private company to remove the trash from the village, the report added.

“The next phase of solving the problem is that there will be control over the residence of foreign workers, because they are living together in densely confined area,” the report concluded.

The report made no mention of bringing the issue to the attention of port authorities regulating Phuket’s commercial fishing fleet, which continually operates nearby on land and in the waters nearby, or other residents and commercial operations further upstream.

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ematt | 04 December 2022 - 12:54:17

Timothy, please do not exaggerate. I am only Medium-so.  

Timothy | 04 December 2022 - 09:48:56

Oh Ematt....that is a very funny comment, coming from you. On many occasions you have called people who comment on here 'poor losers who shouldn't be allowed in the country'. So many times you have said that immigration should not let anyone but rich tourists in the country. Now you are saying being poor is okay?....or only for Thai's?? What is it Mr. Hiso? 

Kurt | 04 December 2022 - 09:34:54

Are in that 'village' no trash dump/collection facilities locations. And of course empty them regular by government dept? It looks like Government ignores the fact that there are people living in terrible circumstances. Something like ignore and pretend it is not existing?

JohnC | 04 December 2022 - 08:48:27

If you take a close look at many areas of Phuket 'hidden' from the eyes of tourism you will see that this is more common than they care to admit.

ematt | 03 December 2022 - 13:34:03

Yes Kurt. Being poor is completely unacceptable! How dare they?

Kurt | 03 December 2022 - 09:53:27

The photo's are not showing a village, but a kind of trash sheds + surrounding, even pigs will not live in it. How with dry eyes a official dares to call the shown a 'village'? Unbelieveble. Here lays a Thai national health problem.

Kurt | 03 December 2022 - 09:37:34

Koh Siray again? Again and again? ..."After this, if they don't help each other, authorities will have to enforce the law"..    Huh, why authorities until now didn't enforce the law, after so many time that clean up of Koh Siray?


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