Thailand tackles ocean trash

February 14, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 14 February 2017: Thai authorities are trying to clean up a massive, one-kilometre long tangle of trash, officials said Friday, calling it the largest garbage heap to float through the kingdom’s waters.

The mass of debris was estimated to weigh some 300 tonnes, said Sopon Thongdee, deputy director of Thailand’s Marine and Coastal Resources Department.

“In all my working life I’ve never seen an amount of garbage this huge,” he told AFP, adding that it was first spotted off of southern Chumpon province and has since floated north.

inside no 10Authorities believe much of the detritus was carried into the ocean by floods that swept through Thailand’s south in January.

Four ships have been mobilised to retrieve the trash — a task made more difficult as the cluster began to break off into smaller chunks on Friday, said Sopon.

Thailand is one of the world’s top consumers of plastic bags and a major contributor to ocean waste.

In a recent report, US-based advocacy group Ocean Conservancy estimated that Thailand was one of just five countries responsible for as much as 60% of plastic waste dumped into the ocean.

The other nations are China, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. Four of the five nations identified are members of ASEAN, a region that relies heavily on tourism with beaches and marine attractions the top drawcards.

© Agence France-Presse

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One Response to “Thailand tackles ocean trash”
  1. Thailand has the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and this ministry must be most active to conserve and protect environment.

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