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Five Measures to Control Littering

Littering in public places continues to be a major problem in Thailand. In walks around Udonthani where I live, I notice a lot of plastic bags, containers, bottles, cups, cans and cartons along the side of roads. People also often dump a lot of trash in any vacant lot they can find. Some of the littered trash stinks and is attracting rodents.

In controlling litter like this in Udonthani and other places, I propose the following five measures:

1. Education

All residents must be educated that littering is bad for the environment and public health. This education must begin in the home at an early age and then be reinforced in schools.

2. Make Littering Illegal with Fines for Offenders

Very seldom do I see a posted sign prohibiting littering with fines for offenders. Perhaps this is the reason many people think they have a license to litter. Police should enforce laws against littering. This is a problem in Thailand because law enforcement has been known to take bribes and look the other way.

3. Provide More Trash Cans in Public Places

You would be surprised how hard it is to find a trash can in malls or in parks. With the absence of these, people are more tempted to litter.

4. Keep Litter Bags in Cars

There is so much litter along the sides of roads because motorists throw their trash out of car windows while driving. By carrying a litter bag in the car, this can be avoided.

5. Provide Public Dumps for City Residents

If city residents had access to a public dump, they would be less likely to dump trash in vacant lots.

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MegL wrote on November 17, 2015, 1:59 AM

I agree that enforcement is very necessary nd education needs to start early.

Rufuszen wrote on November 17, 2015, 7:44 AM

There are anti-litter laws a plenty, it is enforcing them that makes them effective. That is something that seldom happens over here.

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 17, 2015, 9:24 AM

Without the other things fines and enforcement against it will not do much good. First you need to be able to put it somewhere.

Paulie wrote on November 18, 2015, 3:39 AM

Corruption is such a problem in Thailand which makes enforcement difficult.

Paulie wrote on November 18, 2015, 3:40 AM

Enforcement of the law is really hard to do in all places.

Paulie wrote on November 18, 2015, 3:42 AM

Yes, that is the one of the major problems in Thailand.

Paulie wrote on November 18, 2015, 3:43 AM

Yes, it is true that most people are apathetic and don't care about their environment.

CoralLevang wrote on November 23, 2015, 12:51 PM

Recycling is becoming more prominent here. If people were able to get recycling started there, perhaps it would make a difference? It has here.