33 tonnes of post-Loy Krathong cleanup

 | Wed 6 Dec 2023 18:18 ICT
Loy Krathong Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai resulted in 33 tonnes of krathong waste in the Ping River, with 98% of waste collected being biodegradable, according to the deputy governor of Chiang Mai.

The deputy governor had lead a group of volunteers, many students and local community members, to help clean up the Ping River between 26th-28th November by Pa Daed Weir.

There were around 52,000 krathong collected, weighing 33 tonnes, a far larger number than last year’s 25 tonnes collected. The deputy governor told CityNews that he is very pleased that within just two days of the group of volunteers cleaning the city, all was back to normal. He expressed concerns at the 2% of pins, needles, nails and other non bio-degradable items used in krathong found, and said that authorities will be taking photographs and using them in educational collateral before the festival next year.