23 September 2019

Coastal Cleanup 2019

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The annual International Coastal Cleanup Day was held on September 21 and for the 17th consecutive year HMC employees and their families contributed their day to assist the clean up effort. Over the last several years HMC customers have also joined the effort and their assistance has been most appreciated.

Thailand has some of the world's best beaches but unfortunately many are spoiled by litter, much of it made from different forms of plastics and derivative materials disposed of incorrectly. With the ocean and coastal waste crisis finally receiving global attention, Thailand is becoming aware that it has a significant waste disposal problem. Public understanding of the proper everyday disposal of waste products is essential for the environment and the quality of life for all.

Under the theme of Pulling-Our-Weight, over 100 HMC employees and close to 50 customers and families worked for the day along a designated 15.1 km stretch of beach from Saengchan-Laemcharoen to Namrin-Payoon-Pla, one of the most attractive tourist beach areas in the Rayong Province. HMC management sincerely thanks all participants for their considerable effort to assist this worthy initiative. A job well done!


Rubbish collected over the day included items such as cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic bottles, grocery bags, straws, take-away containers, plastic lids and foam packaging.

The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline. The movement was catalyzed by the passion and spirit of two committed women in the USA, Linda Maraniss and Kathy O’Hara, the author of the ground-breaking report called Plastics in the Ocean.

When the results of this year's effort are tabulated, the extent and volume of the clean up is expected to be larger than ever before, as it has been each year since the program started.

HMC is committed to scientifically sound initiatives supporting progress toward a sustainable future and is engaged in partnerships with industry, government, regulators and the public to promote progress through collaboration and work towards a circular economy for plastics utilizing the essential elements widely accepted as the 3-Rs:

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle

Each element is a critical component of an overall solution to the global problem of plastics waste. This is a mounting problem and the levels of water-borne rubbish are now at crisis levels indicating a critical need for improvements in collection and programs to improve public awareness.

The circular economy approach which has been successfully adopted in many European countries leverages the use of valuable resources, minimises waste and focuses towards greener outcomes by adopting the 3-R’s strategy with participation from industry, regulators and the public.

HMC Polymers, firmly believes there are tangible and realistic solutions to the plastics environmental problem that will assist industries that utilise plastics, and the consumers worldwide that benefit from their many advantages, to move forward together sustainably.