Around 100,000 kilograms of rubbish – about 100 tonne – was discovered illegally dumped in Chalong, according to reports from ‘Monsoon Garbage Thailand’, a Facebook page dedicated to environmental concerns. Another pile of dumped rubbish has been piling up in Srisoontorn, near the Heroines Monument, on the little backroad to Koh Kaew, (behind the GWM showroom).
The Chalong incident came to public attention earlier this week when Waranyoo Boonsit, the administrator of the Monsoon Garbage Thailand Facebook page, revealed that the dumping had taken place in the Kok Tanod area. A drone was employed to capture images and evaluate the extent of the problem.
The Mueang Phuket District Officer Pairoj Srilamun and Chalong Mayor Tanaphon Santiparb headed to the are to conduct an inspection of the affected area.
The Chalong Mayor says that the site is under private ownership. Individuals had discarded their waste near a natural basin containing water, despite the presence of a sign posted by Chalong Municipality prohibiting such dumping.
Meanwhile, the growing pile of rubbish on the Koh Kaew to Srisoontorn back road, was removed after an inspection by Chalimpon Ketsup, the mayor of Srisoonthon district, Chamrat Duangchit, deputy mayor, Thanit Wutthisutthimethavi, and council members, Pongsakorn Chinasena. Machinery was brought in to remove the unsightly pile of trash.
“If you see a person who steals to throw garbage in the area, call 076 617 803 Public Health Department, Sisoonthorn Municipality.”