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Cleanup campaign launched to get rid of garbage in Sanam Luang and around the Grand Palace

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration launched a cleanup campaign Tuesday morning to dispose of a large amount of garbage discarded by mourners in Sanam Luang and around the Grand Palace.

An estimated 80,000 people paid tribute to the late King Bhumibol in the past several days and garbage from food containers and drinking water bottles discarded amount to about 66 tons a day which need to be collected.

About 3,000 officials and workers were mobilized on Tuesday by the City Hall to deal with the garbage problem. They were scattered across Sanam Luang and roads around the Grand Palace and stationed at ten points where garbage bins were placed.

While the workers busily collected trash littered on the ground, officials asked mourners to discard food containers and empty drinking water bottles in different garbage bins.

On Monday, city officials discussed rearrangements of logistic problem regarding food supply for mourners. All food donors are required to register with officials at the Sriburapha conference room at Thammasat University.

Nang Lerng race course has tentatively been chosen as the point to receive donated food and drinking water before they are to be delivered to Sanam Luang for public distribution.

Two big tents each has a seating for 900 people have been erected at Sanam Luang to accommodate the mourners. Two mobile toilets for the disabled and the elderly have been deployed.

Those who want to stay overnight at the facilities provided by the City Hall must register in advance at the youth centre at the City Hall or at the office at Sanam Luang.

The city administration has also banned all vendors from Sanam Luang and around the Grand Palace.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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