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Phuket civic, environmental stakeholders to draft ‘Zero Waste’ policy

PHUKET: Despite strides made in recent decades on the island’s waste management front, efforts have simply not been enough to keep up with the alarming rate of growth – of people, traffic and indeed, waste of both solid and liquid forms.

By The Phuket News

Monday 17 August 2015, 01:39PM

Phuket has come a long way, but still has a long way to go. Photo: Steven Layne

Phuket has come a long way, but still has a long way to go. Photo: Steven Layne

Taking a proactive approach to solve the problem, key stakeholders representing the public, private and academic sectors are putting their heads and resources together, and have begun the drafting of a "Zero Waste" policy, which they aim to ratify and implement in Phuket in the near future.

But unlike the typical, hollow "save the environment" PR splash, this concerted initiative is being driven and championed by a diverse, concerned group of residents representing various parties in Phuket, be it local schools, communities, hotels, green clubs, government offices, and of course, the media.

Meanwhile, the policy development and drafting process is fully underway and will be discussed in detail at a number of meetings and presentations scheduled in the coming days as follows:

Special Guest Speaker

Leah Maxwell will be in Phuket this coming Thursday, August 20 to support the important discussion, debate and planning for the Zero Waste policy.

Leah is a solid waste management expert from the Adelaide Hills Region Waste Management Authority (AHRWMA), loves Phuket and has kindly offered her expertise.

The Adelaide Hills Region is an area within Adelaide, South Australia with member Councils across the Adelaide Hills area. Leah coordinated successful waste management initiatives across three Local Councils within these areas.

Important discussions will take place Thursday at the Incinerator at 1.30pm and

PSU waste discussion, on Friday from 9-12am. All interested residents are invited to attend and are urged to RSVP by emailing: nick[at symbol]

Zero Waste Phuket Schedule (August 20-24)

Thursday, August 20

  •  10am: Vachira Hospital waste Learning Center
  • 11.30am: Royal phuket city waste learning center

  • 1.30pm: Phuket Town Incinerator, Saphan Hin meeting room: General discussion on achieving zero waste

  • 3.30pm: Incinerator site visit

  • Discussion with Martin Hauke, HET Asia, commercial composting expert


Friday, August 21

  •  9am-12pm: Prince Songkla University, Kathu. Room 1205: At the Faculty of Technology and Environment (first building straight ahead as you come into main entrance) there will be a workshop on waste reduction strategy with masters students, experts and local govt administrations
  •  2.30pm: Naiton and Naiyang green club discussion on clean beaches for the Sirinarth National Park. Pullman Resort. Zero waste introduction.


Saturday, August 22


  • 11am Kamala green club review.

  • Nev net discussion on community recycling

  • Nev net Kamala showcase recycling strategy and litter program


Monday. August 24


  • 11am Patong Green Club planning session at ALOHA Hotel, 100m before Jungceylon left hand side coming from North (ROTARY Phuket use it as their base). Meeting room details on board in front. 

  • 2pm: Mai khao beach local community with JW Marriott program.

  • JW Turtle shelter

  • Review effect of litter on marine animals

  • Mai Khao green club discussion

  • Local community waste showcase and review


Grab a copy of The Phuket News on stands this Friday, August 21 for more on Phuket’s Waste Management saga and future direction  



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