Posted on 20/09/2017

#Environment #Thailand

Bangkok comes together to clean up its rivers

Over the weekend, residents of Bangkok as well as local businesses joined forces to scourge the city's river of polluting waste as part of a project known as 'Clean Up the River 2017'.

The Chao Phraya is having a Spring clean

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The project is part of Clean up the World, an international scheme, which works to "Inspire and empower communities from every corner of the globe to clean up, fix up, and conserve their environment."

'Clean Up the River 2017' was joined by Bangkok River Partners hotel association, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Foreign Embassies' Eco-Capital Forum as well as local businesses an ordinary citizens in a bid to remove rubbish polluting the water in their area. When left unattended the waste feeds into the Chao Phraya River and the Gulf of Island's beaches.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority organized boats for hotel companies and "VIP" guests, from which they collected rubbish from the river. They were also joined by the British ambassador. For the first time, citizens also provided information on the waste that they found, which was used to compile data useful for drawing up goals and tailored solutions. Local universities led the data collection.

Over the weekend, Bangkok businesses and communities worked hard to scourge their rivers of polluting waste in a project called Clean Up the River 2017.