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Phuket officials exasperated over dumping in Karon

PHUKET: The chief of Karon Municipality’s Public Health division has told The Phuket News that her office is fed up with the constant stream of rubbish being dumped in the area, specifically on the backroad of Patak Soi 14.

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Shela Riva

Friday 23 June 2017, 05:41PM

“We don’t know what else to do about it. We are already trying to send trucks to clean up the area every evening, Monday to Saturday,” Karon health chief Satitha Jitmet told The Phuket News today.

“It is difficult to patrol because it is a secluded area and away from the main road,” she added.

The saga began earlier this month when local residents grew weary of the growing pile of rubbish dumped at the site, in the hills away from the beach.

After receiving complaints directly from The Phuket News, officers moved quickly and the next day arrived en masse to clean the area. (See story here.)

Yet, within days, the growing pile of rubbish was back.

The rubbish pile kept growing and by Thursday this week, The Phuket News sent more photos to the Karon health office showing the increasing mound of refuse. This time, within 90 minutes council workers returned and cleaned the area.

And this time the officials posted a sign expressly prohibiting people dumping rubbish at the site, but within hours another garbage bag had been dumped – right beside the sign.

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“We have already gone to the area to speak to the residents on Patak Soi 14. There are about four or five rental homes there. We offered to move a bin closer to them, but they refused,” Ms Sititha explained.

Ms Satitha did not give comment on what ideas, if any, the municipality has in order to solve the problem in the long-term.

“I really am not sure what to do about it. We are discussing it now. The only way for now is for people in the community to continue help us look out for it,” she said.

“We will continue to send people to clean it ideally every day (except Sundays),” she added.

Piles of rubbish dumped in public areas made headlines this week with three tons of trash being cleared from Nai Yang beach, in Mai Khao, on Tuesday with the help of 300 staff from Phuket International Airport and officers from Mai Khao Municipality. (See story here.)

The mass clean-up operation was staged after Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong ordered for the rubbish to be cleared in the wake of heavy criticism of the eyesore starting to go viral online. (See story here).



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skip | 27 June 2017 - 04:45:28

It wont stop until the MAXIMUM fines are imposed. Unfortunately when people are caught, the courts and authorities impose minimum fines or let them go with a warning. The real problem is the laziness of people and social indoctrination thats says its OK to dump a bag of rubbish and the locals wont dob each other in for fear of retribution. Its the same all over thailand and certainly a health problem not to mention the adverse effect on tourism. As pete from rawai says, go through the rubbish and get evidence, then prosecute with the FULL STRENGTH of the law. 

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peter rawai | 24 June 2017 - 08:09:55

Do what they do in Australia, go thru the rubbish and check for anything with a name and address on it
Believe me it works people stupid enough to dump rubbish also leave their identity with it
Fine them heavily with a reduced fine if they remove all the rubbish if its theirs or not

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Bigaresort | 24 June 2017 - 07:35:25

Perhaps Tampon Rawai could look at So Suksane 1 same Problem there!It will grow over but the trash still there.

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Christy Sweet | 24 June 2017 - 07:34:04

Until the govt spares some small change for an education campaign beginning in schools with saturation advertising on TV, social media and newspapers, the mindset regarding dumping of "I don't see it so it's not a problem anymore.." will prevail. 

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Kurt | 23 June 2017 - 18:24:42

How about remote controlled CCTV Cams, directed on the spots, from high elevation in trees or light masts?
Zoom in on the culprits, catch them, 2000 thb fine, and 1 weekend compulsory beach cleaning ( work-punishment).

All for:  Try to keep Phuket clean!
But the photos show full bins, and residents put their rubbish nicely beside the full bins. ( 1 day rubbish 4-5 houses only?)
Photo 1 does not show 1 day rubbish of the 4-5 houses of residents of Patak Soi 14.
That looks like to be dumped by bypassers.

Looks like there are not enough bins. That you can notice everywhere on Phuket. ( including at beaches)

The illegal industrial rubbish, well, what to say?
Lack of industrial rubbish law enforcement?
Where are the official industrial waste dumps on Phuket?
People who strip your bathroom and tile a new one take away the rubbish in their pick up truck. Do they know where to dump it officially?
In a ditch of a quiet road at night time seems to be normal on Phuket.
It is a educational environmental matter.

Do like in Singapore and Europe, open the plastic bags, spread the stuff, and you find evidence who did dump it! Bingo!
( envelopes with addresses, old tv, internet and telephone bills, doctor and hospital bills, car repair/service bills, paperwork of guesthouses, etc)

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