As part of its commitment to Hua Hin’s environmental sustainability and development, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin recently welcomed Hua Hin Mayor Nopporn Wuthikul to take part in its latest initiative, POP, aimed at promoting environmental awareness in Hua Hin.
Following on from World Environment Day (5th June), a sculpted sea creature-cum-trash-bin named POP, short for “Plastic Only, Please” has been installed along the resort’s beachfront to remind visitors of the need to properly dispose of garbage and to raise awareness of the scourge of plastic waste.
When the plastic-hungry sea creature fills up with collected plastic trash, the hotel’s waste management team empties POP, weighs the contents and prepares the trash for sorting and delivery to local recycling facilities.
What began as a 50 day visit, POP, the larger-than-life, fish-shaped trash can now has a long term future on the beach with the Centara Director of Quality Assurance, Duenphen Pengkasem, and his team leading the effort to extend the initiative and keep POP on the job.
This extension was successfully achieved owing to great support from Mayor Nopporn and his Hua Hin Municipality Office team, which has been actively promoting environmental awareness in the community and supporting greater responsibility and care for the local environment.
On hand was Sittiporn Hanyanan, Chairman of Membership of the Thai Hotels Association with the possibility that POP may have counter some siblings soon on the beachfront of other regional resorts.
Eliminating single-use plastic items is a key priority of the 2019 Centara Earth Care program, a company-wide initiative aimed at encouraging hotel guests and tourists to be proactive about energy saving and sustainable environmental tourism.