Cleaning up Pattaya, 1 soi at a time

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Lots of people talk about cleaning up Pattaya. For 10 years, Yim Kit-ubosot has actually been doing it.

Yim is one of the city’s three street-sweeping truck drivers. Six days a week he rides around town, his brushes and vacuums picking up trash, construction debris and other waste. He says dirt, sawdust and the like are easiest and he can sweep it up twice as fast as a person with a broom.

Mondays and Wednesdays Yim sweeps up the beachfront from north to south. On Tuesdays and Fridays he hits Walking Street. And on Thursday and Saturday he runs the broom over other areas downtown.

The city has 3 of these street cleaners that were brought into service in January 2010 at a cost of 3,900,000 baht each. The city has 3 of these street cleaners that were brought into service in January 2010 at a cost of 3,900,000 baht each.

The sweepers are diesel- and gasoline-powered with a dust tank release system. They are operated by the Public Health and Environment Department in tourist-centric areas of the city.