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Phuket residents demand clean-up of beach rubbish

PHUKET: Residents living around Soi 4 Mai Khao in Thalang are up in arms and demanding officials take responsibility for clearing a large pile of rubbish building up at Nai Yang Beach where the runway for Phuket International Airport lies.

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Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 19 June 2017, 05:14PM

Residents are demanding someone takes responsibility for clearing the rubbish. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Residents are demanding someone takes responsibility for clearing the rubbish. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

A large number of Thai and foreign beachgoers have also made their disappointment clear after seeing the pile of rubbish at the area of the beach renowned for plane selfies.

Some baeachgoers photographed the pile and shared them via social media.

An unnamed Mai Khao resident told reporters, “This area is the responsibility of Sirinat National Park. There is no one removing this garbage. Some tourists asked us why nobody clears it, so we tried to clean it ourselves but there is just too much, and it increases every day.

“Whoever is responsible for this should do their job. Beachgoers are disgusted,” the resident added.

Repeated attempts by The Phuket News to contact the Mai Khao Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) today (June 19) failed to solicit a response.



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Christy Sweet | 20 June 2017 - 10:35:49

Better to put up some CCTV cameras and hold the persons who use the beach as a dump responsible. Never ever have I seen a more oblivious  populace to the harm a collective refusal to recycle "garbage" does to the environment. 

After every single rain I'm picking up dozens of large and tiny bits of plastic washing down from my neighbors' properties where they keep personal space very clean- by tossing it all in an adjacent and vacant property. Utterly disgusting. 

Apparently the Gulf of Thailand now has its very own enormous gyre island made of plastic in addition to the Texas sized one in the Pacific ocean.

I truly believe all the chemicals from plastic such as bisphenol-A (BPA) saturating every aspect of the environment while mimicking estrogen is why Thailand appears to be the transgender capital of the world. 

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