Rayong kickstarts a green campaign on Thursday to reduce plastic bags and styrofoam containers on popular Koh Samet.
The campaign was launched by Rayong deputy governor Yuttaphol Ong-art-ittichai at Khao Leam Ya-Mu Koh Samet National Park, Rayong Province. Many government authorities, resort operators, shop and restaurant owners also joined the event.
It included a rally to promote cloth bags and tiffin carriers as good alternatives to single-use plastic bags and foam containers as well as raising public awareness of plastic waste and its impacts on humans, marine animals and the environment.
Also the deputy governor also gave a no-plastic bags sign to shops and resorts join the campaign not to offer plastic bags or polystyrene boxes to customers.
Prayoon Pongpan, the national park’s superintendent, revealed the problems Koh Samet faced with waste. He said last year Samet welcomed almost 1,253,000 tourists and the increase in tourists means more plastic bags and foam containers.