Garbage Problem in Asian Countries: Now’s The Time to Take Action


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Nearly a hundred tons of garbage are floating around in the Gulf of Thailand and the government haven’t even taken any action in this problem. Having garbage floating at the sea will create a negative impact to marine life. Thailand authorities however, claimed that cleaning the garbage around this area will take exactly up to ten days.

But this doesn’t mean that the garbage will stay at one place during the week. In fact, this garbage will probably drift away because of the ocean’s current. The 100 ton of garbage was earlier found at the Chumphon province and has been drifting northwards as the days goes by.

At the end of the week, the garbage was found drifting between Koh Talu in Bang Saphan Noi district and Ao Mae Ramphueng in Bang Saphan district. Just in case you didn’t know, Koh Talu is a popular shallow-water diving site in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Thailand officials will be working on the area for ten days by using speedboats and fishing nets to collect all those floating garbage. This floating garbage has been making the rounds in news and social media which made people aware of this kind of environmental problem. However, Thailand and along with other Asian countries are one of worst offenders for dumping waste into the sea.

Ocean Conservancy made a report about the garbage problem around these Asian countries and it’s proven that Thailand, along with China, Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia are the world’s most leading ocean polluters. If only these countries had implemented a waste management program, then plastic waste in the ocean could be reduce by 45% over the next 10 years.

However, if these countries won’t take action by the year 2025, then the ocean will be filled with an estimated number of 8 million tons of waste year by year.

Other countries around the globe are doing their part in this by banning the use of plastic. Thailand and along with the Asian countries that are mentioned earlier has little to no measure taken to reduce plastic waste.

Thailand has no such taxes that could be collected from plastic manufacturers. This means that there’s no way to create recyclable items that could help the environment. What’s even worse is that companies who are making recyclable items or reusable products has little incentives to begin with.

Take a stroll down to wet markets or hypermarkets and you’ll be bombarded with sellers handling out plastic bags to customers to carry their items. This is a sight that’s common in Asian countries, not to mention that plastic bottles are also widely used in such countries too.

Garbage piling up in various dump sites will lead to serious disasters later on. Calamities like raging storms that create huge floods that can wipe out the whole city will probably happen due to garbage.

Unpredictable weather conditions will happen unexpectedly which could lead to a disaster that’s similar to the one in the Gulf of Thailand or even the one in the Philippines.

Majority of this ocean garbage consists of plastic which is harmful for corals and marine life. Dolphins and Turtles will probably mistaken these garbage as food and eat it.

The government and private sector should definitely take action on this as sooner as possible. As simple as clearing up ocean garbage with the help of green organizations and giving incentives in the community for those who are using minimal waste will do the trick.

People who are recycling items in their homes should be given an incentive too. Simple efforts like this can go a long way which can benefit both the society and the environment.