Mayor calls on Pattaya to give up plastic, foam

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Sonthaya Kunplome and Samart Thiengpoonwong joined city and tourism officials with a call to abstain from giving out or accepting plastic bags and foam containers, as well as separate trash for disposal and recycling.
Sonthaya Kunplome and Samart Thiengpoonwong joined city and tourism officials with a call to abstain from giving out or accepting plastic bags and foam containers, as well as separate trash for disposal and recycling.

Pattaya’s mayor called on residents to make New Year’s resolutions to give up plastic bags and do a better job recycling.

Sonthaya Kunplome and Samart Thiengpoonwong, director of the Chonburi Cultural Office joined city and tourism officials at the Jan. 5 opening of the Naklua Walk & Eat with a call to abstain from giving out or accepting plastic bags and foam containers, as well as separate trash for disposal and recycling.

The call echoed government policy, which was highlighted by a Jan. 9 kickoff of a new campaign to reduce waste at the household level.

Pattaya’s kickoff took place Wednesday at Chonglom Temple in Naklua.

Participants paraded to raise awareness about the damage being done by plastic and poor recycling effort. Students from Pattaya schools 3 and 7 showed off their projects to recycle on campus.

The event also featured student performances and exhibits about waste management and garbage separation as well as a temple-wide cleanup.