At a meeting at Provincial Hall, he said, “Phuket has a constant battle with garbage. Why can’t we solve this problem?
“We can campaign among residents, starting with getting each family to separate their garbage and put it in different colour trash cans.”
Phuket is a tourist magnet, he said, and the number of tourists increases every year. “This directly increases pollution in Phuket. And because we are not dealing with it, the image of Phuket is affected.
“[Municipal authorities] should distribute green trash cans for fresh garbage such as vegetables, fruit and other light garbage that decomposes easily; and yellow trash cans for recyclable or reusable garbage such as cans, plastic and paper.”
He added, “We have to unite and separate garbage for the betterment of Phuket’s environment, because there is already too much trash for the two incinerators to cope with.”
Garbage management will be considered again on August 10 at another meeting, with the aim of coming up with solutions to be put in place before the next high season.