Dozens of phones floating in Bangkok Sewage
This story was shared by a Bangkok city worker named Sunsern Ruengrit from the Department of Drainage and Sewerage in Bangkok city. The Sewage system is supposed to be used to store used water before the process of water treatment. Floating in the dirty water is a load of garbage, not just small pieces of the garbage but plastic bottles, glass bottles, and even phones. It’s no surprise why the drainage system is stuck all the time causing floods on the road after some rain. The mess has to be cleaned up by city workers across Thailand, it’s a hard job that is often overlooked by other citizens.
Sunsern tweeted on his twitter @sunsern with some pictures under the caption “What’s in the Sewage water?”. He attached a few pictures showing what it looked like in the sewer, picture of a city worker catching the garbage, piles of garbage placed in trash bins that will later head to the garbage dump. Popular trash found in Sewage water is plastic waste such as plastic bottles and plastic bags, plastic straws, elastic bands, foam plates, food leftovers, oil and fat, cigarette buts, and more.
What came as a surprise, is the numbers of phones found in just one day of cleaning the sewage water. There were at least a dozen phones Sunsern found. Many of the phones seem to be a Blackberry or phones falling in the same category with the full Qwerty keyboard. They used to be the “trendy” phone before the smartphones with touch screens which we use today came into play.
One scary aspect of this is that batteries are supposed to be disposed of in a designated way normally to an e-waste collection site. Most rechargeable batteries contain nickel cadmium that leaches into the water and even the air. Nickel will attach itself to the dust in the air, it then falls down to the ground by wind and rain. The soil absorbs the nickel and then turns out we eat the vegetables from the soil. It’s certainly not the ideal ingredient.
Sunsern reminds us to help take care of the cleanliness in the water system. It’s really not that hard to throw away your trash in a garbage bin, but remember to dispose of e-waste at designated sites.
FB Caption: Floating in the dirty water is a load of garbage, not just small pieces of the garbage but plastic bottles, glass bottles, and even phones.