On Saturday 17th September, 42 BISP students, 8 staff and 10 parents  joined millions of global volunteers for the 2022 World Cleanup Day. Together they collected 43 bags of waste on Phuket’s Layan beach. 

Since 2018, World Cleanup Day has brought together millions of people for the biggest waste collection day in human history. Environment heroes joined in on an epic 36-hour green wave of cleanups across the globe – beginning in New Zealand and travelling around the world before ending in Hawaii. World Cleanup Day harnesses the power of people around the world to achieve incredible things by joining together. Its beauty lies in cooperation and collaboration: building bridges between disparate communities, and including all levels of society – from citizens to business, to government, to schools like BISP.

BISP has successfully taken part in this global annual event for 4 years running (with the exception of last year when the event did not take place).  Plastic waste is a major problem globally and the Phuket beaches are not spared from its effects. 

Events such as this one are an opportunity for the community to come together to tackle the problem of pollution as well as raising awareness of the matter and encouraging more sustainable practices and the use of less plastic. Below are some general facts and figures about Thailand’s plastic waste production:

Plastic waste in Thailand