Officials ignore irony of telling residents to dispose of trash properly

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Residents and community volunteers look in disgust at the garbage clogging the streets of Pattaya after every rain storm.
Residents and community volunteers look in disgust at the garbage clogging the streets of Pattaya after every rain storm.

City Hall, which has failed to secure a new trash hauler or dumpsite, apparently didn’t see the irony when it warned residents to dispose of their garbage properly after recent storms paved Pattaya streets with garbage.

Plastic bags, foam food boxes, empty bottles, paper and other waste littered the city following floods resulting from four steady days of rain in late April. City officials said the garbage tide is becoming a common thing due to residents’ carelessness.

The trash, city hall pointed out, only exacerbates flooding as the waste clogs drains, many of which were packed with waste when city workers lifted street grates May 2.

Of course, a major reason for all the trash is city hall’s failure to pick up the trash regularly. After hiring a bargain-basement trash hauler that refuses to invest in more trucks and staff, bins are being left full around the city, causing trash to fall into the street.

Meanwhile, city officials admit they dropped the ball on hiring a new contractor and all of Pattaya’s dumps are full and no replacement has been found.