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Bangkokians use more natural krathongs: governor

By THE NATION

 

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Bangkok Governor Pol Gen Asawin Kwanmuang expressed delight on Tuesday (November 12) that the majority of Bangkokians had heeded calls to use krathongs made of natural, biodegradable materials at last night’s celebration of the Loy Krathong festival.

 

He was speaking after reviewing the results of krathong collection in the Bangkok area undertaken by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)’s Environment Department, the Irrigation Department and district offices.

 

This year the festival was held under Rama VIII Bridge in Bang Phlat district and Klong Ong Ang in Phra Nakhon district. Other districts in Bangkok also celebrated the festival at 30 venues along the Chao Phraya River.

 

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“Staffs and volunteers finished collecting and separating krathongs at 6am. today,” he said. “This year we collected 502,024 krathongs, 96.3 per cent of them or 483,264 krathongs made from natural materials, while 3.7 per cent or 18,760 krathongs were made of foam.”

 

The governor further revealed that this years’ krathongs are fewer than last year’s by 339,303 krathongs or 40.3 per cent. The ratio of natural material krathong went up from 94.7 to 96.3 per cent, while foam went down from 5.3 to 3.7 per cent. The district with most krathongs collected was Lat Krabang with 33,353, while the Pomprab Sattrupai district had the least with 214. Lat Krabang is also the district with most natural krathongs while Prawet has the most foam krathongs.

 

“Since we saw fewer krathongs in total this year, the fact that the percentage of natural material krathongs has gone up tells us that significantly more people use natural materials to make krathongs,” said the governor. “Natural material krathongs are good for environment. They will later be sent to Nong Khaem garbage factory to make organic fertilizer, while foam krathongs will be buried.”

 

Related Story: BMA puts safeguards in place for Loy Krathong celebrations

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2019-11-12

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all these "natural" krathongs will cause eutrophication of the waterways and do damage to the ecosystems. not as bad as the plastic and styrofoam garbage. my least favourite thai holiday. 

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Gods must be absolutely thrilled with all this garbage... all in the name of love...

 

Stop throwing garbage into the lakes, canals and rivers!

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That’s because in general they are richer than the rest of the country.

 

The majority of the higher paying jobs are in BKK so they can afford to be environmental friendly, whereas poorer people can’t afford to even think about that. 

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19 hours ago, briansbiology said:

all these "natural" krathongs will cause eutrophication of the waterways and do damage to the ecosystems. not as bad as the plastic and styrofoam garbage. my least favourite thai holiday. 

 

15 hours ago, tomazbodner said:

Gods must be absolutely thrilled with all this garbage... all in the name of love...

 

Stop throwing garbage into the lakes, canals and rivers!

You do understand that the krathongs were recovered from the river don't you?

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4 minutes ago, emptypockets said:

 

You do understand that the krathongs were recovered from the river don't you?

did you count to make sure they all were? well done you.....😉

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32 minutes ago, emptypockets said:

 

You do understand that the krathongs were recovered from the river don't you?

Too many of the Krathongs do not get recovered and end up in the sea or the bottom of the canal or water ways. These biodegradable Krathongs, by their very nature, require oxygen in order to biodegrade. The removal of oxygen from the waterways suffocate the fish. If you look closely at some of the photos of retained krathongs, ypu will see dead fish amongst the krathongs.

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Not in my neck. Few styrofoam krathong in past years. This year saw lots at our neighbourhood Wat Takham.

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