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There are virtually no tourists to speak of in Thailand but that has not stopped some of the beaches in the country being clogged with trash.

 

It appears that it's not the tourists that are the problem - the trash comes from elsewhere and is blown up on the beaches. 

 

A case in point reported on by 77kaoded was at the famed Phi Phi Island in Krabi where the beach was thick with trash.

 

A local man who runs a convenience store on the island took matters into his own hands with his family to do what he could to clear up the mess. 

 

Phumithat Patchim was praised for his efforts online after a video was posted. 

 

 

"I collect they throw" he told the media. "That's the difference between us. 

 

"I'm worried my little one won't have a nice beach to play on".

 

The monsoon had blown in the trash said the media.

 

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Meanwhile there were reports earlier in the week of tarballs in Phuket - that would be a very unpleasant greeting for the much vaunted start of foreign tourism to the holiday island come next Thursday, July 1st.

 

And a Thaivisa reporter went to Bang Saen beach this week. There were few tourists but lots of trash, especially plastic in the water. 

 

"Swimming close to the shore with my family I was constantly fishing out plastic bags," said our reporter. 

 

"It was clear this was not trash that came from the visitors but that which had been blown in from the sea.

 

"How it got there is anyone's guess. Maybe from ships and maybe from people in the towns and on waterways leading to the sea who just thrown their trash anywhere". 

 

News organisations like Sky in the UK have reported on the horrendous pollution especially by plastic in the world's oceans.

 

While some countries are responsible for their own problems many are not because great swathes of waste crosses the sea and is deposited in places where strict measures are in place to stop littering. 

 

Thailand is acknowledged to be responsible for many of its environmental woes but perhaps not all. 

 

Certainly blaming tourists for the current state of some beaches looks misplaced. 

 

The wider community must take responsibility for their actions in damaging the environment, notes Thaivisa. 

 

 
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8 minutes ago, webfact said:

It appears that it's not the tourists that are the problem - the trash comes from elsewhere

Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia is my guess....555

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4 minutes ago, webfact said:

 

Meanwhile there were reports earlier in the week of tarballs in Phuket -

 

Until I got my glasses on I thought that said tarbuck in Phuket .. my initial reaction being how did he get there and is he doing cabaret or something .. 

 

6 minutes ago, webfact said:

The wider community must take responsibility for their actions in damaging the environment, notes Thaivisa. 

 

Nuff' said ..

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18 minutes ago, webfact said:

"How it got there is anyone's guess. Maybe from ships and maybe from people in the towns and on waterways leading to the sea who just thrown their trash anywhere".

A little bit of forensic work could solve the problem. For instance check the packaging for the language printed on it to see what country it came from. My guess it printed in Thai but that's just a guess.

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4 minutes ago, pokerface1 said:

A little bit of forensic work could solve the problem. For instance check the packaging for the language printed on it to see what country it came from. My guess it printed in Thai but that's just a guess.

Can't have that; it's always got to be filthy Foreigners fault !

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25 minutes ago, holy cow cm said:

I never understand why anyone dumps garbage into the sea. This is just below common sense and any sight of intelligence.,

Money and lazyness

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44 minutes ago, holy cow cm said:

I never understand why anyone dumps garbage into the sea. This is just below common sense and any sight of intelligence.,

As the saying goes - Nothing common in sensibility especially in this neck of the woods .....

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There used to be a lot of this stuff on Patong after a big blow, I think most of it came from the fishing boats that you could see on the horizon every night, you’d need heavy hand and foot protection when cleaning it up, it was full of used syringes. 🤪

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1 hour ago, holy cow cm said:

I never understand why anyone dumps garbage into the sea. This is just below common sense and any sight of intelligence.,

Cruise ships did it for years, not sure if they still do.

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1 hour ago, holy cow cm said:

I never understand why anyone dumps garbage into the sea. This is just below common sense and any sight of intelligence.,

They don't need to. Just drop it the ditch. The ditch leads to a stream and so on and so forth. Most rubbish in the sea enters it via the rivers and Asia has 6 of the 10 most polluting rivers in the world. So no surprise that it has the most polluted beaches.

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10 minutes ago, Moonlover said:

They don't need to. Just drop it the ditch. The ditch leads to a stream and so on and so forth. Most rubbish in the sea enters it via the rivers and Asia has 6 of the 10 most polluting rivers in the world. So no surprise that it has the most polluted beaches.

I don't litter in anyway and recycle everything and give it to the garbage people to sell.

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32 minutes ago, giddyup said:

Cruise ships did it for years, not sure if they still do.

The big western lines are very much geared up not to pollute.....it becomes a big selling point for them......and they have to comply with various laws.

 

I imagine cargo ships....obv's much less waste......dump everything straight into the sea.

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the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown has led to a huge rise in the country's plastic waste. According to the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI), the average amount of plastic waste went from 2,120 tons per day in 2019 to approximately 3,440 tons per day between January and April 2020. 

http://www.tei.or.th/en/highlight_detail.php?event_id=663

Home food delivery comes at a cost.

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1 hour ago, pokerface1 said:

A little bit of forensic work could solve the problem. For instance check the packaging for the language printed on it to see what country it came from. My guess it printed in Thai but that's just a guess.

 

It depresses me when I see a dirty beach, so I sometimes fill a carrier bag or two up with trash that I find.

 

Done this as far south as Chumphon and various spots all the way around the Gulf of Thailand to Koh Chang. I was particularly OCD at one resort in Koh Chang and filled up 4 cement bags with junk.🙂

 

Based on my less than scientific analysis, I estimate the rubbish in the Gulf is 90%+ in Thai script. 

 

 

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Just yesterday I witnessed an old local lady dump a black bin bag full of empty bottles into the canal.

 

There is just no cure for stupid.

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I walked on Kata beach this morning. The southern half had more trash than the average tourist would be comfortable with and there was a line of tarballs that you had to be careful of constantly. The northern half was pretty clear of both, the current sweeps stuff to the southern half.

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2 hours ago, realfunster said:

 

It depresses me when I see a dirty beach, so I sometimes fill a carrier bag or two up with trash that I find.

 

Done this as far south as Chumphon and various spots all the way around the Gulf of Thailand to Koh Chang. I was particularly OCD at one resort in Koh Chang and filled up 4 cement bags with junk.🙂

 

Based on my less than scientific analysis, I estimate the rubbish in the Gulf is 90%+ in Thai script. 

 

 

Good job Sherlock  Holmes wish there were more people like you 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

And a Thaivisa reporter went to Bang Saen beach this week. There were few tourists but lots of trash, especially plastic in the water. 

Was the same 3-4 years ago when we went there. It was so bad that people coming out of the water had plastic bags and whatnot hanging from their limbs.

 

No thanks. Off we went...

 

For those who don't know, Bang Saen is a beach mostly visited by Thais, a popular 1-day trip holiday beach among Thai families. Not saying Thais are throwing around garbage everywhere they go... well, actually that IS what I'm saying... Thailand is literally one massive landfill.

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3 hours ago, lopburi3 said:

http://www.tei.or.th/en/highlight_detail.php?event_id=663

Home food delivery comes at a cost.

Live in a condo, central BKK and cannot believe the amount of fast food business ......does no one cook or feed themselves?........Grab and Panda constantly queued outside waiting for people to pick up their orders.

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7 minutes ago, Surelynot said:

Live in a condo, central BKK and cannot believe the amount of fast food business ......does no one cook or feed themselves?........Grab and Panda constantly queued outside waiting for people to pick up their orders.

 

Same in many countries.

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3 hours ago, WineOh said:

Just yesterday I witnessed an old local lady dump a black bin bag full of empty bottles into the canal.

 

There is just no cure for stupid.

Those will probably be bottles from her collecting of recycleable waste that has no value.

Some of the waste plastic has no value to these people, so they have to find a way of getting rid of it easily.

So the throw it into Canals, onto Farmland, or even by the side of the Road, or set fire to it.

I witness this practice so often where I live, and its mainly the Recycle Business from behind the corrugated sheet wall that is the culprit.

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3 hours ago, WineOh said:

Just yesterday I witnessed an old local lady dump a black bin bag full of empty bottles into the canal.

 

There is just no cure for stupid.

They live in a different world........some nice houses being built out in the sticks by the locals........Isan......european style.........and outside is just a total mess.....bins overflowing, rubble, building waste.....????

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