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Mass clean-up expected to clear a ton of trash from Phuket beaches

Mass clean-up expected to clear a ton of trash from Phuket beaches

PHUKET: An ongoing mass beach clean-up underway along Phuket’s west coast is expected to collect literally a ton of garbage and debris dumped on the beaches by the recent heavy weather, the chief of Phuket’s Sirinath National Park has revealed.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Tuesday 6 August 2019, 12:28PM


The mass clean-up was organised in response to the deluge of waste washed ashore by the strong wind and waves over the past week, Park Chief Natthawat Nuisriram told The Phuket News.

“Lots of trash has been picked up along the west coast of Phuket since the cleanup began on Saturday (Aug 3),” Chief Natthawat said.

“We found lots of trash on Nai Yang Beach, Sai Kaew Beach and Mai Khao Beach after the heavy weather along the Andaman coast last weekend,” he added.

National park officers teamed up with students, hotel staff, tourists and other volunteers to clean up Sai Kaew Beach on Saturday, where 197kg of trash was collected, he said.

A further 98kg of beach rubbish and debris was collected at Sai Kaew Beach by park officers, Angsana Hotel staff and other volunteers on Sunday, he added.

“We went back to Sai Keaw Beach yesterday (Aug 5), and collected another 204kg of trash,” Chief Natthawat said.

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With 499kg of trash collected at Sai Kaew Beach in just three days, Chief Natthawat said he expected the total garbage and debris to be collected to reach 1,000kg.

“Another group of park officers joined together with local volunteers, staff from the Proud Phuket Hotel as well as tourists and a local conservation group to clean up Nai Yang Beach on Sunday, and a Cherng Talay bicycling group and other volunteers joined together to pick up trash at Layan Beach on the same day,” Chief Natthawat said.

“But we haven’t had the trash collected at those beaches weighed. I estimate that the total trash collected from the three beaches from Saturday though to today (Aug 6) would reach up to 1,000kg,” he added.

Park officers with volunteers will continue their clean-up at Sai Kaew Beach tomorrow (Aug 7), Chief Natthawat said.

“And at Nai Yang Beach on Thursday and Friday, starting at 9am,” he added.

“Anyone interested in joining us can call the Sirinat National Park office for details on 076-328226,” he said.

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ChelseaPete | 08 August 2019 - 21:35:00

Beach front hotels should be sponsoring a couple of beach cleaners to comb the area in front of their hotel. They could wear shirts with 'Sponsored by the XYZ Hotel' for free advertising and to show their guests that they care. The beaches are the worst I have ever seen them. I walked along Karon Beach on Monday and it took me no time to fill a large bin liner. I was fighting a losing Batt...

Christy Sweet | 06 August 2019 - 21:45:05

No thanks. My days of picking up trash after Thais are over. Let them reap their just, filthy rewards. Absolute travesty how much garbage is EVERYWHERE!

Kurt | 06 August 2019 - 17:15:12

For sure in that 1000 kg trash are traces/evidence from who it was.  Time to prosecute/fine  as much as possible the 'dumpers' heavenly. Time the polluters are going to pay for beach cleaning.  There must be a thai law that forbid polluting, I am sure.

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