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:
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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