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Bangkokians, be proud of your capital, create less garbage

More than 200 artists had gathered to entertain them at Suwan Farm in Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima.

The Bangkokians had no problems with parking their precious vehicles on the grassy fields and walking through the dust, in freezing temperatures, to the venue. There they got to cheer their favourite artist and tuck into food and drinks provided by the sponsors and other vendors.

However, few realised how much dust their vehicles - even at very low speed - had kicked up during the two-day event. Still, the organisers had done well by preparing temporary toilets and shower stalls, as well as having cleaners at hand. They were seen everywhere - armed with big black plastic bags, searching for every little crumb left on the grounds or the dining tables. Still their work seemed endless.

One of the cleaners said she worked from 4pm to 5am on the first night. The second night could not have been much easier for the woman, given the huge number of styrofoam bowls and plates as well as plastic beer glasses used by the visitors.

The farm would have been a true paradise if there were no sight of these containers or if they had been recycled over the two days. Besides, people would have been more aware if the brewery - one of the major sponsors - had devised a way to offer discounts to people who brought along their own containers or reused the plastic glasses. This is already practised in some European countries.

Also vendors should be taught that styrofoam is non-degradable and that using paper plates or recyclable bowls is more environmentally friendly.

The amount of waste created and the amount of water consumed over those two nights just boggles the mind.

Of course, Bangkok's trash bins were slightly less overflowing.

According to the Pollution Control Department, Bangkokians created 9,617 tonnes of garbage every day in 2002, up from the 7,050 tonnes in 1993. Though recycling measures have brought the level down to 9,340 tonnes, the volume will hit 13,000 tonnes a day when the number of households hits 1.5 million.

It is worth noting that Bangkok accounts for one-fourth of the waste created nationwide, and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration spends more than Bt2 billion to pick up the refuse - a job done by 7,000 garbage collectors and more than 2,000 garbage trucks.

In Pak Chong, a company was hired to clean up. However, its still a mystery as to how they handled the huge volume of waste and where the non-degradable styrofoam bowls and plastic glasses ended up.