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Phuket beach cleanup nets 40kg of trash

Phuket beach cleanup nets 40kg of trash

PHUKET: A small cleanup by just seven people at Mai Khao yesterday (May 25) saw some 40kg of marine debris and trash recovered from the beach in just two hours.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Tuesday 26 May 2020, 11:54AM


The cleanup was organised by officers from Phuket’s Sirinath National Park, park chief Natthawat Nuisriram explained to The Phuket News.

The cleanup began at 10am, with five park officers taking part and two local residents lending a hand, he explained.

“They collected about 40kg of garbage, mainly marine debris such as plastic and glass, pieces of foam, plastic water bottles and pieces of discarded fishing nets.

“About 80% of the garbage collected had been washed ashore from the sea, pushed onto the beach by the wind and waves,” Chief Natthawat explained.

Social distancing was maintained by the group while clearing the beach, he added.

“Even with the beaches here closed and tourism activities stopped due to the COVID-19 situation, beach trash remains a problem due to ongoing human behaviour.

“Nature can restore itself, but we must stop our selfish behaviour. Please stop allowing trash to go into the ocean, and make sure you do not leave any rubbish behind when you visit the beach after tourism activities are allowed to resume,” he said.

“People should start to incorporate the five Rs of Respect, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Restore in their daily lives, and especially at home,” Chief Natthawat said.

“It is a better way to live, and results in less garbage in the ocean and on the beach,” he said.

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maverick | 28 May 2020 - 15:22:28

Dekaaskop@ correct it’s not enforced at Naiharn I see a couple of Farang gents clearing them up every morning 

maverick | 28 May 2020 - 15:21:09

I don’t see Thais smoking on the beaches leaving their cigarette butts to wash out to sea where they do not degenerate far more damaging to the oceans 

Christy Sweet | 28 May 2020 - 11:45:09

This is trash carelessly tossed on the ground by Thais like my neighbor, making its way to the ocean along ditches to creeks, then streams and rivers.  Until the govt mounts a concerted effort to reeducate the populace, trash will encrust Phuket's western beaches all during monsoon season. Sickening.

DeKaaskopp | 27 May 2020 - 22:09:20

@maverick The only beach where smoking is prohibited on Phuket is Patong beach.Just as a reminder.

maverick | 27 May 2020 - 17:51:22

Provide more waste bins and empty them twice a day - enforce them smoking ban and remind dog owners not to let their animals crap on the beach - faeces spreads animal Covid 

JohnC | 27 May 2020 - 08:19:07

Since lifeguards appear to be back at many beaches with no one to guard why not get them to clean up the beaches to earn their pay instead of surfing and using metal detectors to search for lost valuables.

Kurt | 26 May 2020 - 19:25:05

What me always strikes, considering that Phuket beaches are the tourist life line for Phuket income wise, is that cleaning beaches is 'bite snap work' on Phuket. No structure in doing it at all. Before Phuket Government send all the tourist money to Bangkok, it should keep money budget wise, for structural beach cleaning. All that mostly appeal on volunteers is a disgrace. ( full Coffers)

Swedsam | 26 May 2020 - 14:17:03

Can we do this at Surin Beach? 

Paddy | 26 May 2020 - 13:02:02

Tell it to the ignorant fishermen.

 

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