Garbage in Thailand’s largest river to be removed during 10-day campaign

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The skyline of central Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river are seen during sunrise in Bangkok April 22, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK (Xinhua) – A 10-day environmental campaign will be launched on Dec. 10 to pick up garbage, either floating or submerged, in Thailand’s largest river Chao Phraya River, said a senior government official yesterday.

Ang Thong provincial governor Rewat Prasong said the authorities in 10 central provinces have joined hands for the campaign to remove the garbage, particularly plastic waste, from the 372-km-long Chao Phraya River.

Government personnel, workers and volunteers will ride in kayaks, sailing from Pak Nam Pho tributary in Nakhon Sawan province to an estuary of the Gulf of Thailand in Samut Prakan province, to pick up the garbage, according to the provincial governor.

He said the campaign is primarily designed to raise the public awareness of the sustained, concerted effort to dispose of such garbage and waste in the country’s major waterways.

The environmental campaign will be conducted in the 10 central provinces where Chao Phraya River flows through.

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