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Clean up Phuket! Mayor launches campaign to clear garbage from Patong streets

PHUKET: Tired of huge bags of rubbish on the streets of Phuket’s busiest tourist town, Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup is having a smartphone app developed that will allow the public to report with photos and GPS co-ordinates unsightly piles to be collected by a roaming garbage truck dedicated to responding to the complaints.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Saturday 11 March 2017, 09:00AM


“There is too much garbage on our streets. Even with our teams out every night collecting rubbish, it’s still there. The garbage situation in Patong is worrying,” Mayor Chalermluck told The Phuket News this week.

“In some areas, the garbage bins are overflowing and the rubbish spills onto the ground. We try to keep these areas clean, but there is too much rubbish and the problem remains. It does not look good at all.”

A key contributing factor to the sheer volume of garbage dumped on the streets of Patong are residents and businesses placing their rubbish on the footpaths for collection outside the indicated collection hours, Mayor Chalermluck explained.

“We keep telling people to place their rubbish on the street for collection only between 6pm and 2am, but they keep dumping it beside the road at all hours.

“Regular garbage collection hours do not work when people only do what suits themselves,” she added.

The app, developed under the Smart City policy, will be operational – in English and Thai – by April, Mayor Chalermluck confirmed.

“The app is being developed as a part of creating Patong’s future. The Phuket committee responsible for the Smart City projects gave Patong the chance to benefit from this, so I asked for this application,” she said.

However, Mayor Chalermluck declined to reveal how much is being spent on developing the app.

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Chalermrat Dilokpat, Managing Director of D-Kids, the contracted garbage collector in Patong, said the app is already being used to analyse which “hot spots” produce more garbage for collection than others.

Phuket Vice Governor Teera Anantaseriwidhya, who chairs the Provincial Garbage and Wastewater Committee, suggested the app may be used elsewhere for cleaning up other areas on the island.

“The committee must solve these issues. It must take more effective action about all forms of waste disposal on the island,” V/Gov Teera said.

“The Patong Report app is a good idea. If this (app) helps to make Phuket cleaner, it could be worth presenting to the committee as another way to help solve waste issues. I certainly would support it,” he added.

Meanwhile, the provincial garbage and wastewater committee is currently developing a campaign to appeal to people’s “hearts” in a bid to prevent roadside dumping.

“The project is ‘Phuket is beautiful by our hand’, which will call for people and officials to have the heart to clean up garbage and be more effective in resolving our island’s waste issues,” he said.

 

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Kurt | 12 March 2017 - 13:38:24

Sufficient garbage collection does not need:

--- Telling people to keep their garbage of the street if they have no space to keep it of the street until insufficient regimental collection hours.
--- Committees, aps, smart city stuff, etc 
    Specially when a Mayor declines to reveal anything more than just arm chair office talk.

 Do not sett up committees. Nice earning for committee membe...

Christy Sweet | 12 March 2017 - 10:06:46

Kurt, adding more bins is no solution when the land fills are full and incinerators are backed up. Until Thailand begins an earnest campaign of education on reduce, re-use and recycle, the "garbage" problem will never go away. People MUST take responsibility for their own waste. This planet cannot take anymore abuse, the oceans are dying for it and that's where the majority of oxygen...

Fritz Pinguin | 12 March 2017 - 09:18:07

This app is a loser. It requires to use a facebook account to log in. This is just a wrong way to go, sorry. I deleted it immediately without creating the fakebook account. Good idea, bad implementation.

Kurt | 11 March 2017 - 13:54:41

Yes, the garbage handling in Patong is something to worry about, at least for health reasons.
As the Patong Mayor said: garbage bins are over flowing, yes Mayor, than you get rubbish on the street.
With the enormous increase of number of tourists ( TAT! I don't see that increasing numbers, but ok) you can not collect rubbish any longer as you did it always in the past.
Patong has to adjust/...

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