Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

HOME // Phuket News // Pita says Phuket’s garbage problem must be addressed

Pita says Phuket’s garbage problem must be addressed

PHOTO: Facebook/พรรคก้าวไกล - Move Forward Party

Pita Limjaroenrat has warned that Phuket risks becoming known as a “haven full of garbage” if the island’s waste management problems are not tackled urgently.

The Move Forward MP was addressing parliament for the first time in 6 months, following a Constitutional Court ruling that he didn’t violate the charter or the election laws with his shareholdings in a defunct TV channel called iTV.

Pita raised the issue of waste management on Phuket and in the central province of Samut Prakan, saying he has been studying the issue in both provinces for some time. He has also met with locals in both provinces to gather their views and points out that the landfill sites in both locations are not able to cope with the sheer volume of garbage being deposited each day. This means the rubbish continues to pile up and is becoming both a health threat and a fire risk.

According to Pita, Phuket generates around 800 tonnes of garbage every day. Of this, 700 tonnes are incinerated, with 100 tonnes going to landfill. The island gets around 200 billion baht in tourism revenue every year, whereas the combined budget of more than 10 local administrative organisations is only around 600 million baht.

Pita is calling for the island’s waste management budget to be significantly increased and for garbage to be addressed at source, reducing the amount generated and recycling more.

According to a Thai PBS World report, he also wants to see more decentralisation of authority, with local administrative organisations empowered to take over decisions on waste disposal from the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

Advertisement Phuket Go Advertisement sidebar_1


5 Star Marine Phuket

You May Also Like

Phuket News

Saturday, July 20, 2024 – Phuket weather, sunset times, air quality and tides (7am) Excellent weekend ahead with stable, if overcast, weather. Milder temperatures with...

Phuket News

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 – Phuket weather forecast Increasing cloud today with a corresponding increase in winds from east. The slightly overcast conditions should...

National News

UPDATE: There has been another NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions) issued in the past 24 hours which changes Item 5, which MAY provide an...

Phuket Life

No. The December 26, 2004, event, known as the Asian Tsunami, Indian Ocean Tsunami or the Boxing Day Tsunami, was an extremely rare event...