Facebook trash monitors trade keyboards for brooms

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Mayor Anan Charoenchasri participates in the Clean Up Day No.1, inspired by the Rubbish Communication group of Scandinavian and Thai volunteers.
Mayor Anan Charoenchasri participates in the Clean Up Day No.1, inspired by the Rubbish Communication group of Scandinavian and Thai volunteers.

Naklua expats lambasted for just complaining online about garbage put down their keyboards for a real-world cleanup of Naklua Soi 16/1.

Pattaya Mayor Anan Charoenchasri kicked off the May 20 cleanup with members of the “Rubbish Communication” club, which operates a Facebook page about the failings of the Pattaya’s trash collectors to do their jobs.

Pattaya officials in April scolded the keyboard warriors – most of them Scandinavian expats – and told them to call the city’s call center to report uncollected garbage, not just complain about it on Facebook.

The admonishment came after an early April post about overflowing and neglected garbage bins on Naklua Soi 16/1. Following the report, garbage crews were dispatched to the condominium-heavy neighborhood to collect all the trash from neighborhood streets.

The late-May cleanup was spearheaded by Rubbish Communication club president Supada Wongchim who said the Scandinavian expats and their Thai friends are supported by Scandi Cruise Ltd. in their mission to report pollution problems.

Their goal, Supada said, is to create a clean, beautiful living environment.