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Phuket Green Day removes 2 tonnes of rubbish from beach and parklands

Phuket Green Day removes 2 tonnes of rubbish from beach and parklands

PHUKET: The Phuket Hotels Association’s Environmental & Sustainability Working Group launched the first ever Phuket Green Day island-wide cleanup on Oct 21 which saw a huge drive to clean discarded rubbish from the island.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 25 October 2020, 09:56AM

The initiative, which was supported by the Phuket Government along with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the US Embassy in Bangkok, saw hotels, schools, government officers and businesses around the island uniting to carry out the cleanup.

Maikhao was divided into three zones covering a total area of 10.6 kilometers of beachfront, lake and parklands in a project supported by all the hotels on Maikhao Beach along with Phuket Yacht Haven Marina, Maikhao School, Sirinath National Park, Soi Dog, Phuket Mitrmitree, local community groups, and OrBorTor Maikhao.

Approximately 250 local and expat community members collected over 263 bags of rubbish weighing a total of 1,717.4 kilograms.

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Most of the rubbish collected was single use plastic, shoes, foam, fishing ropes and nets.

For more information please visit Sustainable Mai Khao’s Facebook page.

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DeKaaskopp | 27 October 2020 - 14:58:55

@Kurt   Maybe you could read BigA's comment again. He is an experienced skipper.He knows about currents and has more expertise than you ! Or you may look at the following Article on here from August 17: Flood of plastic waste washes ashore Phuket beaches.There a reader made a video and supplied it to the PN,saying that most trash came from Malaysia !

Pascale | 27 October 2020 - 13:46:41

Yeah Kurt, I bet you are out there regularly to collect trash.

DeKaaskopp | 27 October 2020 - 11:05:38

Kurt, if you are saying that floating waste from other countries can't reach Phuket beaches than you are even more uneducated then I thought. And you have a PADI certification ? Must have won that in a lottery ! And I don't have to join a cleanup , as a simple walk on the beach after a stormy day would show me enough trash with labels from Malaysia etc.

Kurt | 27 October 2020 - 09:49:03

Dek perhaps, like many of us, should join once in a while a 'cleanup', just to notice reality, instead coming up with 'everyone knows' excuses from his home and not believe others comment who actually cleaned beaches.

DeKaaskopp | 26 October 2020 - 23:03:43

@maverick   Everyone knows that a lot of trash floats,especially plastic trash. In every country with a coastline you can find trash on the beaches from different countries due to the current. And now you want to tell us on Phuket you will find only local trash ? That's real rubbish !

maverick | 26 October 2020 - 14:31:03

Big A - trust me I have participated in these cleanups - this is local rubbish Thai products and much of it not old enough to have come from India - take a drive round and see the rubbish collecting near the Drains and run offs into the ocean 

BigA | 26 October 2020 - 09:21:33

Com on guy's not all is from the locals,a lot this time of the year drifts over from India Sri Lanka, Andaman Nicobar and Sumatra 

Kurt | 26 October 2020 - 08:38:39

...... but for Officials not (financial) prestigious enough.
They do put their cards on a Patong tunnel and road rail projects.  There is more in it.

Kurt | 26 October 2020 - 08:34:18

@maverick. You'r right, unfortunately that is talking against Officialdom deaf ears. Simply not interested, can't make money ( 'commission') out of it. To support the 'New Normal' (less depended on tourism) they can consider to set up a recycle industry firm on Phuket. Why not? Simple, there is no 'study'-money needed, all knowledge is available, but for Officials n...

maverick | 25 October 2020 - 16:48:28

If there was more effective waste collection and disposal across the island this would not be necessary. More rubbish bins along the beaches and waste bins in all public areas and empty them regularly . A lot of this rubbish being collected is washed into the ocean from klongs and streams because it is poorly disposed of.

JohnC | 25 October 2020 - 10:18:55

It is really great that they make the effort to try and clean up the mess Phuket has become. If locals didn't throw their rubbish everywhere then it would not need to be cleaned up.


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