Waste Sam Roi Yot

Tourists visiting a popular beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan province are being told not to be alarmed at the large amount of garbage washing up on the shore in Sam Roi Yot district, as it was an annual occurence.

Monsoonal winds and tides each year bring to Sam Roi Yot beach a huge amount of trash, including wood scraps, dried coconuts, plastic bags and water bottles, local leaders says.

On Friday, the waste stretched for five kilometres from Ban Nong Khao Niew village to the area’s disaster prevention and mitigation centre.

Chatchai Charoj, head of Village Moo 5 in tambon Sam Roi Yot, said the phenomenon occurs every year between October and November when monsoonal winds in the Gulf of Thailand blow toward the beach, bringing pollution ashore.

Echoing the village chief’s remarks, resident Amporn Pueng-ngam, 51, said locals were aware of the trashy tide and often joined hands to clean the beach and remove rubbish.

Dangerous trash, such as glass bottles, light bulbs and plastic sheets, are hauled away while organic refuse, like wood scraps, dried coconuts and sea plants, are buried properly, said Mrs Amporn.

She noted that this time of year sees only a small number of tourists due to strong waves.

Local residents on Friday began cleaning up the trash for fear some waste might pose a danger to tourists who jogged or strolled along the beach, said the woman.

Residents also took this opportunity to explain to tourists about the garbage-filled tide and most visitors understood, she added.

After reporting the garbage to district authorities, volunteers, soldiers, tourism-related business operators and their employees were sent to join residents in the clean-up.

Source: Bangkok Post 6. Nov 2015

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