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Trash continues to blight Nai Harn beach area

Trash continues to blight Nai Harn beach area

PHUKET: Litter left strewn across the ground in areas near the Nai Harn beachfront continues to blight one of Phuket’s best-known beaches.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 21 April 2022, 01:47PM

Despite repeated messages for local administrations to clean up their areas, and a mass employment campaign launched by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew to help clean up the island, the litter has been left on the ground while workers hired by Rawai Municipality rake up “unsightly” leaves.

The issue of cleaning up the island has been especially highlighted by provincial officials not just for the hope of attracting more much-needed tourists to the island, but also for Phuket’s bid to host the World Specialized Expo and to host APEC sideline meetings to be held in Phuket this year. The APEC meetings are to focus on Trade and Investment, Finance, Tourism, Agriculture, Women’s Affairs and MSME Promotion (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises).

One local resident who has lived in the area near the Nai harn beachfront for 10 years told The Phuket News, “Rawai Municipality has in recent years lifted their game in their attempts to clean up Nai Harn and its surrounds and they should be congratulated for that.

“However, it breaks your heart and defies belief when you see the cleaners spending hours, day in day out, raking leaves off the beach, footpaths and road when plastic bottles and rubbish remained untouched,” he said.

Road sweepers do make their way through the area each day, but only to sweep up leaves, not pick up litter, including plastic trays left discarded by the water at the lake or even trash left on the ground right beside a public garbage bin.

“I’m at a loss to understand the municipality’s logic to prioritise the sweeping of leaves off the footpath and road over the removal of plastic bottles and rubbish that not only detracts from the beauty of the place but invariably ends up in the ocean,” the local resident said.

“The municipality throws good resources at cleaning up the area but it is definitely neither effective nor productive when genuine rubbish is ignored. Perhaps an hour or two picking up the real rubbish wouldn’t go astray?” he noted.

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christysweet | 23 April 2022 - 11:27:01

That process  is hardly 'reverse osmosis' which merely separates out unbound atoms and is used to purify water. Pyrolysis requires heat of 3- 500 C  and extremely high pressure. Reduction of plastics is the only way  and we are all carrying BPA toxin in our bodies now. 

Ash Ward | 22 April 2022 - 19:09:07

Plastic can also be converted into gasoline via reverse osmois. But the Thai goverment could not understand that technology.

christysweet | 22 April 2022 - 13:54:12

Check out Fang Thai  Co. in Chiang Mai that uses rice harvest chaff that would be burned to instead manufacture biodegradable food containers. The govt should be supporting this sort of endeavor and banning plastic.  

BigaAResort | 22 April 2022 - 12:01:23

so give them no plastic ,brown paper bag will do, also,sticky rice and soups can be served on metal plaids ,can be reused again and again but no profit for one way plastic containers and all this extra work for cleaning,so boycott plastic containers say no to plastic bags,go and buy in  brown paper food shops. horst

christysweet | 22 April 2022 - 10:14:07

Trash that floats in from the sea was on the ground first, discarded carelessly  by  thousands  everyday who either do not care or are not educated as to how their three layers of plastic beverage packaging ends up  on the beach. 

JohnC | 22 April 2022 - 09:51:44

The whole country badly needs to be educated about throwing rubbish where ever they want and happen to be. In nearly 30 years of living here nothing has improved in this regard. It is like locals take no pride in cleanliness or taking care of their communities. I often see tourists picking up more trash than locals. So sad!

Kurt | 22 April 2022 - 09:31:43

....Due to that Phuket remains what it is, a disfunctional ( public transport/RTP) and polluted island ( not clean/illegal dumps everywhere/ black fumes spraying cars, busses, lorries).

jay71 | 22 April 2022 - 06:18:07

Before blaming the cleaners, why not blaming the pigs who leave all those trashes on the floor instead of throwing them in the many bins located everywhere in Nai Harn beach area. I am everyday on the water and believe me, those trashes are not coming from the ocean. No wind, no storm. This is a direct pollution from uneducated people who are to lazy to throw their garbages in bins.

Capricornball | 21 April 2022 - 21:12:41

This issue sure isn't exclusive to Naiharn, it's the same all over. Surin is another prime example. I have always been amazed at how hired cleaners can be so clueless, sweeping leaves and  pine needles, but leaving trash where it sits. Very indicative of very poorly educated people, as well as disgusting slobs of all ages that just don't care. Thais should be ashamed and embarrassed.

Kurt | 21 April 2022 - 14:09:05

Governor and Village Heads/Mayors are desk tigers. Always mouth full of ''''World class holiday destination Phuket'''', but doing nothing to make their hollow words factual. Photos show it. All of them are lacking functional management capacities. They are just non skilled  'order automats'.  Total absence of any real involvement. Due to that Phuket remains ...


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