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Bangkok's plastic waste scourge

Debris is clogging up the city's drainage system and severely hampering efforts to to fight off floods especially during the monsoon months

Every day city workers descend into Bangkok's bowels to try and clear some of the debris, supported by convicts who earn time off their jail sentences by volunteering for the task.


A LINE of prisoners emerges from Bangkok's sewers covered in a thick film of slime and hauling buckets of sludge - frontline troops in the battle against a rising tide of plastic waste.

Located just 50 centimetres above sea level and criss-crossed with canals, Thailand's