The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has launched a proactive campaign against littering in city canals. Since the beginning of this month, the public have been warned against discarding garbage into public waterways. Starting on 1 December 2009, offenders will be fined 1,000-10,000 baht for each offence. Two checkpoints will be set up along the San Saeb canal and Chao Phraya River to take action.
The BMA Deputy Governor, Mr. Theerachon Manomaiphibun, said that the “No Litter, No Arrest, No Fine” campaign aims to raise “green” awareness among taxi-boat commuters in the San Saeb canal and local communities along the Chao Phraya riverside. According to Drainage and Sewerage Department statistics, garbage in Bangkok waterways is increasing in volume. From January to August 2009, the city administration collected an average of 8.7 tons of garbage a month, compared to 8.1 tons a month during the same period last year. Meanwhile, garbage volume on the roads and in public places also increased from an average 8.2-8.5 tons a day to 9.2-9.5 tons a day in the beginning period of the year. As a result, the BMA needs to apply strict enforcement of the anti-littering law and increase the penalties for offenders.
It is really difficult, if not impossible, to make a city of more than 10 million inhabitants perfectly free of garbage. However, at least this new campaign is a good beginning toward a cleaner Bangkok. It is an efficient way to discourage people from throwing garbage carelessly.