2,000 join to clean Pattaya Beach

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More than 2,000 people gave Pattaya Beach a sweep and shine as soft drink bottler Thai Namthip Co. sponsored the Coca-Cola Beach Cleanup Day.

Sakda Noppasit, secretary to the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry presided over the opening of the Sept. 15 cleanup with Sophon Thongdee, director of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Antonio Del Rosario, general manager of Cola-Cola Thailand, and Porawut Sarnsin, deputy managing director for Thai Namthip.

More than 2,000 people , including celebrities, participated in a Pattaya Beach clean up day last week. More than 2,000 people , including celebrities, participated in a Pattaya Beach clean up day last week.

Volunteers were joined by celebrities including Pancake Khemnij, Aun Rangsit, Ko Wsin, J.J. Jakrot, Tengnueng Kritkan, Akh Akhrat, R Anatpol, and Nest. Employees from Central Festival Pattaya Beach and Krungsi Bank also participated in collecting garbage that was transferred to the marine department for recycling and disposal.

Sakda said Thailand produces more than 15 million tons of garbage per day and only 20 percent of that is recycled. Much of the waste is flushed into the ocean and the majority washes up again on Thailand’s beaches.