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Tourist YouTube video of litter on Rayong beach sparks Rayong governor & local govt officials into action (127 views at 5:29pm 26/03/12). 

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Photo above of a video clip showing a dirty beach in Rayong (Source: Youtube)

Travel Update
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Dirty Rayong beaches dismay tourists

26/03/2012

Rayong beaches have upset tourists and locals with large amounts of garbage found along the coast line.

Action must be taken now, urged a visitor who also posted his video about the problem on YouTube under the title 'Dirty beach in Amazing Thailand 2012'.

According to Rayong governor, Thawatchai Thoetphaothai, the problem has been raised at the provincial level.

"I ordered the local administration to find solutions to the problem a week ago," he said, adding: "My understanding is that it is quite common during this time of year that the wind blows from the sea to the shore and carries all the garbage up to the beach," he said.

Chief of Mae Ramphung Tambon Administration Office (TAO) Wanida Jeerakul said the office tried to find extra hands to collect the garbage on the beach, but not many people applied for the job.

"We announced a recruitment drive with a daily minimum wage. Only one person applied. We have jobs to offer, but not many people want to do them," she said.

Asked if the TAO collects garbage on the beach daily, she said their staff do so from time to time, but not in the upcoming period.

"We do not have the staff to collect garbage on the beach on a daily basis. We only do so for households. We normally organise beach clean-up activities when there is a special occasion, such as Father's Day and New Years," she said, adding they could fill a 10-wheel truck within a day.

Regarding the long line of trash on the beach, she said it was caused by the wind.

"During this season the wind carries rubbish in the sea to the shore. The waves bring many things from plastic bags to branches of trees," she said. "This happens about three times a year especially during the change of season. It is sad that we do not have manpower to always keep the beach clean."

"A tourist named Narin who visited Mae Ramphung beach two weeks ago said it was disappointing to see the beach so dirty. "We should do something about it. This is too much. It is disgusting," he said.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Travel Update, TRAVELTITBITS, Dirty Rayong beaches dismay tourists, 26/03/2012, link

Litter on the Beach Vocabulary
 
litter - garbage such as papers or plastic bags, boxes thrown on the ground instead of the garbage can, interesting bit of trivia: Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world, with 4.5 trillion discarded annually. The cellulose acetate butts are not biodegradable and, as a result, their chemical decomposition can take many decades" (See Wikipedia)

beach cleaner - a vehicle to collect garbage on the beach, "drags a raking or sifting device over beach sand to remove rubbish and other foreign matter. Beach cleaners are either manually hand-drawn or pulled by quad-bike or tractor. Seaside cities use beach cleaning machines to combat the problems of litter left by beach patrons and other pollution washed up on their shores. ...Beach cleaning machines work by collecting sand by way of a scoop or drag mechanism and then raking or sifting anything large enough to be considered foreign matter, including sticks, stones, rubbish, syringes and other items" (See Wikipedia)

dismay - a feeling that you cannot believe something that is very bad; very unhappy and disappointed about it ท้อใจ, ผิดหวัง

Dirty Rayong beaches dismay tourists

upset - unhappy, disappointed, angry about something that happened วิตก กังวล ทำให้หงุดหงิด
locals - people who live in a nearby area ชาวบ้าน
beaches have upset tourists and locals with large amounts of garbage
coast line - an area of land beside the sea ชายฝั่ง
urged - requested them to do, advised someone very strongly about what action should be taken วิงวอน
action must be taken now, urged a visitor

Rayong beaches have upset tourists and locals with large amounts of garbage found along the coast line. Action must be taken now, urged a visitor who also posted his video about the problem on YouTube under the title 'Dirty beach in Amazing Thailand 2012'.

raise problem - mention a problem to authorities (or other people who can do something about it)
problem has been raised
local - in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
local administration - the government of a small town or village, local government
Tambon Administration Office (TAO) - the most important local government unit in Thailand
common - this is something that happens often, you often see this happening
quite common - happens very often

According to Rayong governor, Thawatchai Thoetphaothai, the problem has been raised at the provincial level. "I ordered the local administration to find solutions to the problem a week ago," he said, adding: "My understanding is that it is quite common during this time of year that the wind blows from the sea to the shore and carries all the garbage up to the beach," he said.  Chief of Mae Ramphung Tambon Administration Office (TAO) Wanida Jeerakul said the office tried to find extra hands to collect the garbage on the beach, but not many people applied for the job.

recruit (verb) - to get someone to work in a company or join an organisation จ้างงาน จัดหาเจ้าหน้าที่หรือบุคคลากร
recruitment (noun)
drive
- a planned effort to achieve something การผลักดัน,ความพยายาม
recruitment drive - a planned to get more workers (here: trash collectors)
wage - an amount of money that you earn for working, usually according to how many hours or days you work each week or month ค่าจ้าง
daily minimum wage - the smallest amount of money that can be paid to a worker by law for one day's work
applied for the job - applied for the job
staff - workers, employees พนักงาน
from time to time - sometimes, not all the time
upcoming - will happen soon ที่กำลังจะมาถึง
upcoming period
on a daily basis - they do it every day
households - families or groups of people living together (economics treats this as a unit that makes decisions) 
special occasion - a special event such as a birthday, a public holiday or a celebration

"We announced a recruitment drive with a daily minimum wage. Only one person applied. We have jobs to offer, but not many people want to do them," she said. Asked if the TAO collects garbage on the beach daily, she said their staff do so from time to time, but not in the upcoming period. "We do not have the staff to collect garbage on the beach on a daily basis. We only do so for households. We normally organise beach clean-up activities when there is a special occasion, such as the Father's Day and the New Year," she said, adding they could fill a 10-wheel truck within a day.  

rubbish - waste material or things that are no longer wanted or needed ขยะ
manpower - workers แรงงาน   the supply of people who are able to work กำลังคน
disgusting - extremely unpleasant or unacceptable น่ารังเกียจ

Regarding the long line of trash on the beach, she said it caused by the wind. "During this season the wind carries rubbish in the sea to the shore. The waves bring many things from plastic bags to branches of trees," she said. "This happens about three times a year especially during the change of season. It is sad that we do not have manpower to always keep the beach clean." "A tourist named Narin who visited Mae Ramphung beach two weeks ago said it was disappointing to see the beach so dirty. "We should do something about it. This is too much. It is disgusting," he said.

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