Bangsaen pushes back against criticism of beach garbage response

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A recent storm brought ashore more rubbish than usual.
A recent storm brought ashore more rubbish than usual.

Storm-driven tides washed a tsunami of trash on to Bangsaen Beach, drawing ridicule locally and across the internet.

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Saensuk Subdistrict Mayor Narongchai Kunplome said July 9 that seasonal tides from July to September carry mountains of garbage from the Bangkok region to Bangsaen every year. But a recent storm brought ashore more rubbish than usual.

Narongchai said sanitation workers are out every day picking up Bangkok’s trash from local beaches.
Narongchai said sanitation workers are out every day picking up Bangkok’s trash from local beaches.

The city drew scorn after photos of the trashy tide were posted online by a well-known foreign expat travel blogger, who treated it as if it was something new.

Narongchai said sanitation workers are out every day picking up Bangkok’s trash from local beaches. Local officials were unhappy with the blogger for making it seem as if they were doing nothing.

Narongchai said the trash problem in the capital is fueled by careless people who dump garbage in city canals. It not only created problems elsewhere, but imperils marine life. Among the garbage washed up was a dead turtle, who died after eating plastic.

Sunsuk Subdistrict Mayor Narongchai Kunplome said seasonal tides carry mountains of garbage from the Bangkok region to Bangsaen.
Saensuk Subdistrict Mayor Narongchai Kunplome said seasonal tides carry mountains of garbage from the Bangkok region to Bangsaen.
Among the garbage washed up was a dead turtle, who died after eating plastic.
Among the garbage washed up was a dead turtle, who died after eating plastic.



Heavy equipment is brought in to help workers on foot get rid of the trash.
Heavy equipment is brought in to help workers on foot get rid of the trash.



Local officials were unhappy with the blogger for making it seem as if they were doing nothing.
Local officials were unhappy with the blogger for making it seem as if they were doing nothing.