45,000 krathongs in river, waste down 54% from last year

 | Wed 4 Nov 2020 15:00 ICT

Over 300 volunteers gathered to clean up the detritus left in the Ping River and along its banks, following this year’s Yipeng, or Loy Krathong festival.

Waste was collected and separated into plastic, foam, and organic waste, though most of the flotsam and jetsam found was organic, said officials.

However, the amount of waste this year was notably reduced, when compared to previous years with a total of 23 tonnes of waste collected so far, a whopping 27 tonnnes, or 54% reduction from 2019’s festival. There were an estimated 45,000 krathongs collected, with nearly 99% being organic and only just over one percent being made of foam.