Pattaya’s garbage crisis floods city

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Garbage, now more than flooding, is Pattaya’s No. 1 problem.
Garbage, now more than flooding, is Pattaya’s No. 1 problem.

Pattaya’s garbage crisis is never more evident than when it rains.

Throughout the city, plastic bags, foam containers, paper and bottles wash down and block sewers, preventing storm runoff from draining and exacerbating Pattaya’s already endemic flooding.

Residents on Soi Khao Noi, one of the hardest-hit areas, are sick of it.

Lukana Kerdjan said Pattaya must do a better job of picking up trash on time and campaign more to get residents to dispose of their waste correctly and stop littering.

But the city has garbage problems of its own, with overflowing dumps and few landfills left available. Garbage now regularly piles up on roadsides and neighbors around the overloaded trash-transfer stations erupt in protest.

Garbage, now more than flooding, is Pattaya’s No. 1 problem.