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Chadchart Sittipunt Leads Clean-up Crusade: Post-Songkran Bangkok Sheds 150 Tonnes of Waste

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Welcome to the aftermath of Songkran, the world-renowned water festival, where the streets of Bangkok transform into rivulets of joy, laughter, and… copious amounts of waste. Imagine Silom and Khao San Road, the epicenters of celebration, now lying under a layer of post-festivity debris. The festival’s spirit, encapsulated in water fights and street dances, momentarily pauses for a reality check. Enter stage left: a staggering 150 tonnes of waste collected from the heartbeats of the celebration, proving that every party must end, and every mess must be cleaned.

In the wake of Songkran’s exuberant chaos, Bangkok’s very own superhero, Governor Chadchart Sittipunt, embarked on a mission. Picture him, not caped, but determined, stepping onto the confetti-strewn battlefield of Khao San Road on a bright Tuesday morning. His mission? To reconnoiter the territory and boost the morale of the unsung heroes of Songkran – the city’s cleaning personnel. Amidst a landscape dotted with talc, discarded water guns, and the remnants of joy encapsulated in glass bottles and cardboard, these warriors had their work cut out for them.

The battle against the detritus began at the crack of dawn, precisely 4 am, with six water trucks as their steeds, the cleaning staff set forth. Their task was monumental, yet their spirits undeterred. They washed and scrubbed, ensuring the streets once again reflected the city’s vibrant spirit rather than the aftermath of its largest party. “After everyone has had fun, it’s our duty to do the cleaning,” proclaimed Mr. Chadchart, echoing the sentiments of responsibility and gratitude. His words were not just a thank you but an anthem of appreciation for the cleaners who work tirelessly to restore order and beauty to Bangkok’s streets.

The numbers were telling: The Phra Nakhon District Office reported a whopping 116 tonnes of rubbish swept up from the festive tides of Khao San Road between Friday and Sunday. Meanwhile, Silom Road, another hotspot for Songkran revelry, saw 33.5 tonnes of waste materialize over just two days, as per the Bangrak District Office. Such statistics paint a vivid picture of celebration and its consequences, a testament to the city’s capacity for joy and its commitment to cleanliness.

So, as we reflect on Songkran’s spectacle of splashes, let us also tip our hats to those who, in the aftermath, wield brooms instead of water guns, ensuring that the city’s heartbeat is not only measured by the rhythm of its parties but by the pulse of its resilience and collective responsibility. Here’s to the cleaners, the true heroes of Songkran, who work behind the scenes to allow the festival’s spirit to flourish year after year, on clean and welcoming streets.


  1. CleanCityAdvocate April 16, 2024

    It’s commendable what the Governor and cleaning crews are doing, but aren’t we missing the point? The amount of waste generated during Songkran is staggering. We should be talking about prevention, not just cleanup.

    • FestivalFan123 April 16, 2024

      True, prevention is key. But it’s also a cultural celebration that brings joy and reunites families. Maybe we need more sustainable practices rather than reducing the celebrations.

      • GreenRevolution April 16, 2024

        Exactly, we can introduce biodegradable water guns and containers. There are ways to keep the festival’s integrity without harming the planet.

    • SkepticalCitizen April 16, 2024

      But will people actually follow sustainable practices? Everyone is in the festival mood and might not want to be bothered with being eco-friendly.

      • Educator101 April 16, 2024

        It’s all about education and providing easy alternatives. If the government and organizations make green options accessible and promote awareness, people will follow.

  2. JaneDoe April 16, 2024

    150 tonnes of waste is a disgrace. This highlights how consumer culture trumps environmental wellbeing. It’s not a celebration if the earth is the cost.

    • CultureVulture89 April 16, 2024

      While I understand the environmental concerns, it’s important not to vilify cultural practices. Finding a balance is key; we shouldn’t have to lose our culture for sustainability.

      • JaneDoe April 16, 2024

        It’s not about losing culture, it’s about adapting it to today’s world. Sustainability doesn’t mean stopping celebrations but being responsible in how we conduct them.

  3. BangkokResident April 16, 2024

    As someone who lives here, I see both the beauty and the aftermath of Songkran. Yes, the streets are cleaned but the waste? It goes somewhere. We’re not really solving the problem, just relocating it.

    • OptimistPrime April 16, 2024

      It’s a step in the right direction though. Awareness leads to action. We’ve come a long way and should acknowledge the efforts of those cleaning up.

      • RealistRay April 16, 2024

        Acknowledgement is due, yes. But let’s also push for systemic change. Cleanup is great, yet prevention, as others have said, should be our ultimate goal.

  4. EcoWarrior April 16, 2024

    This is a classic example of reactive vs. proactive measures. We should be implementing policies that reduce waste at the source instead of patting ourselves on the back for cleaning up our own mess.

    • PolicyPundit April 16, 2024

      Agreed, but we also need societal cultural shifts alongside policy changes. Changing regulations is faster than changing mindsets, but both are essential for real progress.

      • EcoWarrior April 16, 2024

        True, and it starts with education and awareness. Promoting environmental stewardship from a young age could help instill these values more deeply.

  5. TraditionKeeper April 16, 2024

    We’ve celebrated Songkran this way for generations. Cleaning up afterwards is a small price to pay for keeping our traditions alive.

    • FutureFocused April 16, 2024

      Traditions evolve with time, and ours should too. Keeping traditions alive doesn’t mean we can’t improve how they’re practiced, especially when it comes to protecting our environment.

      • TraditionKeeper April 16, 2024

        Perhaps you’re right. We can still celebrate but in a way that doesn’t harm our city. It takes all of us to make a change, after all.

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