DMCR sets up clean-up booms to cut marine waste

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Bangkok (AP) – The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) has organized a project to set up clean-up booms at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River to reduce the amount of waste flowing into the sea.

Initially, the DMCR has set up 10 clean-up booms in 10 pilot areas out of over 700 canals and more than 100 rivers. After this, the efficiency of the pilot clean-up booms will be studied to develop and enhance their effectiveness before being set up in other areas. Part of the trapped garbage will be separated before disposal by the private sector.

The amount of garbage in the Bang Nam Phueng and Bang Krachao areas of Samut Prakan province has lessened since the clean-up booms were installed by the government and private sectors. Local authorities have also campaigned for a reduction in the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam.

Thailand currently has more than seven million tons of waste that has not been properly disposed of and it has become a source of marine waste. It is estimated that up to eighty percent of marine waste originates on land and is carried into the ocean via rivers.