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Five foreigners spend their holidays cleaning up rubbish along Krabi Beach

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I'm American. Why does Thailand have an aversion to 55 gallon (old oil drums) trash bins? In the States, admittedly more litter-conscious than Thailand, parks, BEACHES, street corners, anywhere there can be trash there is a place to put it. Why can't the Thais figure this out? And yes, I've heard, "It'll put all the 60yo street sweepers out of work", so don't bother. Also, I know several Thais, usually younger, who are environmentalists and are sick of the trash everywhere.

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I'm American. Why does Thailand have an aversion to 55 gallon (old oil drums) trash bins? In the States, admittedly more litter-conscious than Thailand, parks, BEACHES, street corners, anywhere there can be trash there is a place to put it. Why can't the Thais figure this out? And yes, I've heard, "It'll put all the 60yo street sweepers out of work", so don't bother. Also, I know several Thais, usually younger, who are environmentalists and are sick of the trash everywhere.

Unfortunately any decent looking trash bin would be stolen by some local. ( I have lived here for 15 years) Also, they’re not pro-active enough ( at outdoor festivals, or even at a mall) to think of distributing trash cans / bins around so people can get rid of their litter properly. How many times have we walked around endlessly in a city in Thailand trying to find a place to throw away our empty water bottle or cup? I guess we do what the locals do- leave it along the curb or where you were sitting.


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They use plastic bags instead, just put your trash into one of them along the road side. Then the bag will hopefully be picked up by someone.

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On 3/12/2019 at 10:40 AM, SammyT said:

Sigh. Always one that makes that same, tired quip. Congratulations

some friends and myself wanted to help physically after the Tsunami 2004 near Khao Lak and yes, we got asked for a work permit.

Paying 1000 Baht avoided an awkward night in prison.. 

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On ‎3‎/‎13‎/‎2019 at 7:33 AM, HumusKing said:

Hi missoura,

I have never written on this forum before but felt compelled to write something here. I have been living in Phuket for 10 years. I love my life in Thailand. I completely and utterly love my Thai wife. We both are disturbed by the rubbish we find on the streets and beaches of Thailand. We pickup rubbish when ever we can and do our best to educate the importance of rubbish collection. It wasn't that long ago, maybe 20 years, when we had advertising in Australia (my birth place) teaching people not to throw rubbish out if moving cars. Australians would leave rubbish everyday. Today it's frowned upon, similar to smoking. Thai people need to be educated with public campaigns that will adjust their thinking. It will happen. Just give it time my friend. Keep up your great work. Every bit makes a difference. Great work. Forget the sarcastic comments on this forum. Let's push forward and always look at the glass being half full. I know I will. 

I keep hearing and reading about this 'education' thing.

While it is true that education will go a long way in modifying bad habits. At least in many countries.

 

But I have been in Phuket for some 15 years now, and I have been waiting for some results with this education endeavour.

In actuality, I see it all getting worse. Young, old, people just discard their rubbish all over. In the parking of Big C, seeing a lady about 80 years old, just taking papers from the shopping basket that she took, and just throwing it on the ground. I picked it up, walked to the garbage bin, and disposed of it. She was just staring at me incredulously. I see people walking out a 7-11, and just dropping their receipt on the ground, right next to the garbage bin. I find myself naïve in thinking that what I do will count overall. Just a drop.

While I walk to the market, I pick garbage off the street. But I am the only one. Of course, mainly because I am the only one walking. Others are busy driving their motorbikes and dumping their plastics on the side of the street. One street vendor just left a crushed rat on the asphalt, right in front of his stall... Oblivious...

And the roads are getting more dangerous. faster motorbikes, with the typical irresponsible driving.

 

If this is the result of the so called 'education', logic would require a full stop of this education process...

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On 4/6/2019 at 4:35 AM, Andre0720 said:

I keep hearing and reading about this 'education' thing.

While it is true that education will go a long way in modifying bad habits. At least in many countries.

Apparently it worked well in Singapore.

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