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Illegal garbage dumping causes big stink

CHIANG MAI: Residents are up in arms over garbage collectors who dump rubbish in earth pits just 500 metres behind San Pa Tong Hospital in Chiang Mai province.

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Bangkok Post

Wednesday 31 August 2016, 09:30AM


San Pa Tong Hospital staff take photos that show rubbish is dumped illegally near the hospital, allegedly by a waste removal company making shady midnight runs. Photo: Cheewin Sattha
San Pa Tong Hospital staff take photos that show rubbish is dumped illegally near the hospital, allegedly by a waste removal company making shady midnight runs. Photo: Cheewin Sattha

The locals claim the culprits have been dumping garbage for more than a decade, heavily polluting the area, creating an eyesore and causing hospital patients to suffer from the foul odours.

Residents of Nong Sariam village in tambon Yuwa of San Pa Tong district said firms contracted to collect garbage dumped it in abandoned pits, left after the soil had been dug up and sold. The rubbish was dumped surreptitiously at night.

The rotting rubbish gave off a stench that permeated the hospital and nearby communities, especially during the rainy season.

Hospital staff yesterday morning (Aug 30) examined the site after receiving complaints from residents.

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They said there were three pits about 500 metres behind the hospital. The first pit was near Baan Nong Sariam, the second at Baan Sala and the third near Wat Sri Pan Ngern, all in tambon Yuwa.

Wirat Klinprathum, director of San Pa Thong Hospital, said management had sent a letter of complaint to Tambon Yuwa Municipality. The municipality said it had tried to solve the problem by putting up signs prohibiting garbage dumping and blocked the access road to the pits with concrete blocks. But garbage collectors removed the signs and the blocks and continued to dump their waste.

San Pa Tong police once arrested the operator of a garbage truck and fined him B1,500. This temporarily halted the dumping.

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Kurt | 01 September 2016 - 11:39:06

It seems that according the thai laws a landowner can do very much with his land what he likes do do to make money.

Two years ago a landowner in Rawai/Naiharn was complaining to Obor Tor and Tessa Baan that day markets garbage collectors just throwed the garbage over the fence on his empty land.
Authorities replied their hands were tied, they could not respond.
Well, not surprised, old regiem thai authorities are professionals about sitting on their hands, unless they have to drink 'tea'. 

Thai authorities seem not be willing to understand that all this garbage dumping is polluting groundwater for ever.
People living in such neighborhood, and depend on their own water well will not become old in good health.
As simple it is.

Also on Phuket are many illegal polluted garbage dump land areas, and raw sewage water running, if you live there nearby, stop using your own water well and change to city water.

The enormous garbage dump at Phuket town, near the incinerators, (working, not working?) are a environmental time bomb for people living in Phuket town.
Thainess optima forma.
Once polluted groundwater, it can't be reversed.

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Joe12 | 01 September 2016 - 11:37:42

Kurt...well, because its not a police matter you goose

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Christy Sweet | 01 September 2016 - 07:34:40

Please come look at the mounting pile of garbage left by, er.. a global migrant worker operator at Layan Soi 7.  Raw sewage is also running into the wetlands( N Bang Tao beach) 

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Bjay | 31 August 2016 - 12:45:47

A fine of B1500 is peanuts? Was the perpetrator required to remove the illegally tipped garbage? Who owns the land? What are the owners responsibilites? 

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Kurt | 31 August 2016 - 10:53:29

well, it seems the police never tried at night to trap the garbage collectors at action.
The garbage collectors even removed the signs and the block.

Here is a job to do for thai Joe12! Specialist in "the law is the law".
He should go there at night , tell the thai garbage collectors to stop dumping as it is against the thai laws.

How is it possible, seen the amount of garbage, that this has been going on so long.
And just once a lousy fine of B1,500 for the operator, who was obviously laughing about that and doesn't care environment  and thai laws. ( same as the police in this case)

What would be the answer of the landowner, the Public Health Authority and the police, if you ask them the simple question: .."Why?"...

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