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Phuket Loy Kratong celebrations tarnished by tons of rubbish

PHUKET: Local government officials together with volunteers today (Nov 15) collected 7.325 tons of rubbish including krathongs from canals at Saphan Hin following the Loy Krathong celebrations last night (Nov 14).

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Yutthawat Lekmak

Tuesday 15 November 2016, 10:50PM


More than 450 officials and volunteers joined forces to carry out the mass clean-up project under a campaign called “Big Cleaning Day,” organised by Phuket City Municipality.

The clean-up teams comprised of officials from Phuket City and Rassada municipalities, Koh Kaew Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO) as well as local businesses.

The teams removed krathongs, picked up trash, cut grass and cleaned the streets in the morning after the festival.

Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana said, “Our municipality was responsible for cleaning up rubbish from Suan Luang (Rama IX Park), and we collected about 1.897 tonnes of krathong and rubbish from that area.

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“Patong City Municipality also organised a clean-up project for their area,” she said.

Asked by The Phuket News about other rubbish such as plastic cups and bags left on the road at Saphan Hin, Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan, who attended the festival, said, “I want to advise people who disposed of rubbish improperly to do so properly in future. If we all throw rubbish in the water or on the road it will eventually accumulate. This will not only affect our environment but also our future, so please dispose of your rubbish in the correct manner.

“I was told that we collected a lot less trash than last year, and that is one positive thing I am glad to hear,” he said.

 

 

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Kurt | 16 November 2016 - 16:29:28

Pere Rawai, at every beach outside Thailand you have every 30-50 meters a bulk rubbish bin. Not here.
Thai are clean on their body, but their house toilets, bathrooms, road sides, or streets sites. Not.
From the car, the motorbike, walking in a soi, they just throw everything, or just let it fall out of their hands.
They are dirty.
Environmental thinking is not living among the gross of the thai.
Look at birmese worker camps around the back of Soi 43, Chalong.
You not believe your eyes. Your nose will convince you.
One can sell your tickets for 'rat riding'.

Wish there was more investigating journalism on Phuket.

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malczx7r | 16 November 2016 - 11:17:27

I'm amazed by the Thais attitude to rubbish, they just throw it on the floor when they are done with something, not all i must add but many, my neighbour has a Thai GF, she has a young girl around 5 years old, she was outside my house having a drink from a carton, once finished she threw it on the floor, her mother said nothing??

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pere rawai | 16 November 2016 - 09:41:58

Just leave some bulk rubbish bins on site, or any type of rubbish bins like they do in other countries and empty them the following day
Problem solved 

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