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Phuket needs more public rubbish bins, says Swiss consul

Phuket needs more public rubbish bins, says Swiss consul

PHUKET: Swiss Honorary Consul for Phuket Andrea Kotas Tammathin has called on local government agencies and municipalities across Phuket to provide more rubbish bins for the public to use in the hope of reducing the volume of litter found strewn across the island.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 20 July 2022, 05:17PM

Phuket needs more public rubbish bins, says Swiss Honorary Consul for Phuket Andrea Kotas Tammathin. Screenshot: PR Phuket

Phuket needs more public rubbish bins, says Swiss Honorary Consul for Phuket Andrea Kotas Tammathin. Screenshot: PR Phuket

Ms Tammathin spoke out about Phuket’s trash problem in a video shared online earlier this month by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

In the video, Ms Tammathin first speaks in English, then repeats her message in very clear spoken Thai.

“I live in Phuket and I go for walks all the time. One thing that really upsets me very much is the garbage I see everywhere,” Ms Tammathin said in English.

“One of the problems is that there are no garbage cans. So if Phuket could invest in more garbage cans, maybe the people would use them,” she added.

Speaking in Thai, Ms Tammathin was strong in her message, with moments of exasperation with the problem clearly understood in her expression.

“I like very much to take nature walks in the hills of Karon-Kata. It is very beautiful but one thing I do not like very much is the garbage. There are Thais and foreigners alike who just throw it on the ground. They don’t care, even if it is plastic,” she said.

“If I have something to throw away and there are no garbage cans around, I take it back home with me. But some people just don’t care. They throw it away amid nature. It’s such a waste,” she added.

In Thai, Ms Tammathin urged the government to invest in having more garbage cans installed in public areas for people to use.

She also encouraged Thai people to challenge fellow Thais they see throwing trash on the ground, and to ask them whether they loved their country.

Ms Tammathin also noted that the practice of not throwing garbage on the ground was very important for children to witness. “They learn from what they see others doing,” she said.

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Kurt | 22 July 2022 - 00:08:19

@Burr, Bali bombing, come on, hehehe. Thai Sanitation can't hide behind that long ago Bali happening, nonsense.   Sure it is not because of bombing in the deep south of Thailand? Do we need such excuses to give Thai space not to clean up their environmental dirty country?  Nothing moves, all stand still! 

christysweet | 21 July 2022 - 17:38:05

No! We need fewer bins and more legislature mandating less packaging and more recycling. Education and awareness campaigns, too. The resort near me cut the grass yesterday, and  their spillage is everywhere. Ignoring it appears to be their solution. I'll have to sweep it all up- again unless I want it all over my property next storm..  

Sir Burr | 21 July 2022 - 11:39:10

Many, many outside bins were removed after the Bali bombing, for security reasons.

Malc-thai | 21 July 2022 - 11:24:47

The problem near me is there are only 6 bins for around 100 houses. They are emptied daily in the evening but every morning by 9am they are already full.. people then throw bags on the floor.. some thais come along and split the bags open looking for glass bottles, metal cans and plastic.. this leaves rubbish everywhere which then gets blown into the river and other areas

Kurt | 21 July 2022 - 10:49:17

We all see on international tv channels what technical possibilities are, and executived abroad when it comes to recycling, specially plastics. And making money with it! It all is passing by the Thai containment. They seem to like being drown in their dirt. Don't feel urge to have a clean/healthy evironment. On the road loving black poisening exhaust fumes from cars, trucks, busses.

Kurt | 21 July 2022 - 10:23:26

It's simple: Enough bins ( with cover!), enough rubbish collection times, incinerators capacity. A complete change of Thai attitude about rubbish handling. Problem is,  there is no money to make with it under the table, so no interest. The recycling thinking/handling/money making about rubbisch will start here decades later than in many other countries.

Timothy | 21 July 2022 - 10:09:21

I rode my bicycle around Laguna/Layan a couple days after the last Marathon. For ten kilometers there was trash strewn in the roadside grass/trees. Plastic drinks bottles and thousands of sponges. No way that all got picked up! Stupid people just toss their garbage into the jungle. Maybe stupid Laguna didn't provide bins??

reality check | 21 July 2022 - 08:36:54

I agree trash is a problem but don't think bins are the answer because they require collection which in turn requires a big budget to hire people and buy trucks.  Education and local involvement in doing area clean ups works better.

JohnC | 21 July 2022 - 08:34:38

How sad that it takes a foreign consul to make this newsworthy when most expats here have been commenting on this for years, me personally close to 30 years and no improvements over that time were really noticeable. Oh there are a few more bins around but they are not emptied enough and overflow on to the ground where dogs chew up whatever they can and drag it everywhere. Nowhere near good enough!

Concernd | 21 July 2022 - 07:43:03

Totally agree, also in shopping centers, local markets, beaches are rubbish bins hard to find.
Education is must how to dispose rubbish litter the proper way need, diving around the island seeing motorists careless drawing their snacks warping’s on the road side. 
If nothing works impose fines like in Singapore.

maverick | 20 July 2022 - 23:28:56

Refreshing to hear this issue being called out let’s hope local government takes notice and does something about it - the media also has a role to play in calling out the lack of garbage bins in use.

charles | 20 July 2022 - 22:01:09

but it has to start at the top , i saw a major hotel chain have there staff dump trash from there reopening clean up  in the jungle opposite on a slope down to the klong beside our condo. 

Kazumi | 20 July 2022 - 20:15:45

Japan is beautiful because there aren't many public trash cans. It's not a trash can issue. It is necessary to reform the consciousness of Thai people who are willing to throw garbage into the sea.

ray@waldronbros.com | 20 July 2022 - 17:37:40

It’s great to hear Diplomats are speaking up about this issue. It breaks your heart to see so much litter just waiting to be washed into our oceans. But what particularly is disappointing is the resources thrown at sweeping leaves off the roads (particularly at Nai Harn) when the effort would be better spent to collecting genuine rubbish waiting to be washed into the ocean. Thai logic?


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