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Phuket joins forces to keep beaches clean as monsoon season arrives

Phuket joins forces to keep beaches clean as monsoon season arrives

PHUKET: People of all ages and walks of life gathered at Siranart National Park on May 27 to take part in the Big Cleaning Day 10 event aimed at supporting the preservation of natural resources and supporting good culture in Phuket.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 29 May 2022, 02:00PM

Organised by the Andaman Natural Resources Conservation Foundation together with various government agencies, private organizations, and the public, the Big Cleaning Day 10 was a showcase of how Phuket not only talks the talk but also walks the walk.

Mr Piyadej Chuachyad, Advisor to the President of Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO, or OrBorJor) said: “This activity is held to create awareness of waste management among people and help to promote sustainable waste management solutions, rehabilitate and protect our natural resources and the environment, and dispose of residual waste in the ecosystem from returning into the sea where it poses threat to marine life.”

“It also keeps the beach clean and beautiful, so it’s simply everyone’s duty to care about natural resources, conserve and restore them,” he added.

Speaking at the event, Mr Piyadej called for everyone to protect Phuket beaches and the sea so the island’s natural resources are plentiful and sustainable forever.

Among those who joined the clean-up were government officials from various agencies; students from BCIS, Kajonkiet and other schools; members of general public.

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The timing for the clean-up was chosen well as the event coincided with the beginning of the monsoon season when strong waves bring ashore lots of seaborne trash and marine debris showcasing the huge impact of human activities on the marine ecosystem.

Furthermore, if not collected, the garbage is most likely to return to the sea threatening marine life such as fish, turtles, and dolphins.

As Phuket is yet to come up with a special service to collect marine trash from the beaches, regular clean-ups remain the only way to reduce sea pollution and keep Phuket sands clean and tidy for tourists and local beach-goers alike.

Phuket OrBorJor did not report how much trash was collected at the Big Cleaning Day 10. Previous events of this kind usually netted hundreds of kilograms of marine garbage, mostly plastic.

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DeKaaskopp | 30 May 2022 - 15:43:11

@Kurt  Nothing returns to the sea ?  All the "carbage" is Phuket "carbage " ? Really ? Oh dear,you should take a closer look at all  the trash washed ashore . 

christysweet | 30 May 2022 - 10:37:36

Past time to stop making garbage. I  only throw away a small  shopping bag of bathroom waste and chicken bones once every 2 weeks- everything else is recycled or composted. Every neighborhood should have a compost pile and  separate containers for recyclables and pay someone to enforce it  
Educate the  public with ads everywhere on how destructive their  carelessness is. 

Kurt | 30 May 2022 - 09:40:11

Another part Nonsense talk mr Pyjadej:.."Furthermore, if not collected, the carbage is most likely to return to the sea,  etc.,". Guess he never been at a Phuket West coast beaches during wet season monsoon, like now. Nothing returns to sea! All the carbage is Phuket carbage. Can be much of the time identified.
How many tons carbage now collected ?

Kurt | 30 May 2022 - 09:17:32

@ Maverick, understand your writing, however it is not a start. It is all the time repeating restarts. A few years ago the private sector donated/bought/placed many nice bins for on Naiharn beach. In a short while these were all gone. Among Thai who actually are in charge of keeping beaches clean and tidy, how many of them volunteer cleaning or even ever go to a beach themselve? 

Kurt | 30 May 2022 - 07:37:39

The timing for the clean-up was WRONGLY chosen, just at the beginning of a heavy rain- and stormy weekend, as the weather forcast predicted. A clean-up should be done after stormy days. But ok, don't wonder, this is Phuket with local logic. All trash collection can be done over again. Volunteers, please line up! Perhaps a free cap/t-shirt with text: Cleaning Repeater.

Kurt | 29 May 2022 - 20:58:12

Is Phuket, "The Pearl of Amanda", with primary the beaches were the tourists come for, a Island without a budget/staff for cleaning/making tidy by Government? Is that not strange?  But if there is a budget, what is it used for? For 'studies' of 'special services' ? Just ask, I wonder about nothing here.

Kurt | 29 May 2022 - 20:16:40

Mr Pyjadej knows all very well: Preserving natural recources, the usual bla bla sustainabliliy, rehabilitation, keeping beautyful, duty of everyone. But not comes with a single word when Phuket starts 'special service' to clean beaches and keep Phuket's assets tidy. Let me see: As long they can with sweet talks/honey get volunteers, no 'special services', that cost money.

maverick | 29 May 2022 - 14:14:05

It’s a start, education is a key part of the solution people need to understand how the garbage ends up in the ocean. The Provincial government needs to work with local tambons to issue proper bins and avoid rubbish being washed away into the Klongs after animals scatter rubbish and rains come 


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