Quantification and Seasonal Characterization of Solid Waste at Sukorn Island, Andaman Sea, Southern of Thailand

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Kannika Ruangdej Chaosuansreecharoen
Ancharee Pongkaset
Thanapanan Akharawirawat
Saowalak Kongsanit
Wittaya Hlupo
Paiboon Chaosuansreecharoen


This study investigates the quantification and seasonal patterns of solid waste at Koh Sukorn beaches, Trang Province. Solid waste was sampled in a 10x10 meter area, with each piece collected within 100 square meters. Waste was categorized into general, recyclable, and hazardous types. Data from rainy (May 25, 2022) and dry (November 29, 2022) seasons were analyzed using Student’s t-test. Average solid waste during rainy and dry seasons was 0.43 kg/m2 and 0.22 kg/m2, respectively. Rainy season waste (Mean = 0.43, SD = 0.33) significantly exceeded dry season waste (Mean = 0.22, SD = 0.16) at p < 0.02. Highest waste quantities were at Haad Lo Yai and Haad Sai Yao. Recyclable waste, mainly plastic products like fishing gear, bottles, and bags, was prominent. During monsoon seasons, waste washed into the sea often returns to Sukron beaches, particularly the Andaman Coastal Region. This underscores the persistent issue of plastic pollution in Thailand's marine environment. Strengthening law enforcement against fishing gear dumping and raising international awareness are recommended.

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Ruangdej Chaosuansreecharoen, K., Pongkaset, A., Akharawirawat, T., Kongsanit, S., Hlupo, W., & Chaosuansreecharoen, P. (2024). Quantification and Seasonal Characterization of Solid Waste at Sukorn Island, Andaman Sea, Southern of Thailand. NIDA Case Research Journal, 14(1). Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/NCRJ/article/view/268595
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