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Phuket officials put illegal dumping on the agenda

Phuket officials put illegal dumping on the agenda

PHUKET: Phuket provincial officials have put illegal dumping of trash as an eyesore and health concern back on the agenda by highlighting a dumpsite in Cherng Talay.

By The Phuket News

Friday 15 January 2021, 03:55PM

The Phuket office of the Department of Public Relation (Phuket PR) posted photos of piles of trash in Baan Layan on their official Facebook page yesterday (Jan 15) after receiving complaints from the public about it.

Local residents had appealed to authorities to take action over rotting garbage from businesses and contractors being dumped in the area of Soi Layan 1, in Moo 6, Cherng Talay.

The trash had been dumped in public gardens and private areas, including in front of well-known local hotels and tourist accommodation venues, the residents complained.

“The problem of illegal dumping in many areas is an important issue in Phuket,” PR Phuket noted.

The problem has persisted despite efforts by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor) coordinating with local administration organisations, said the government agency.

Public awareness campaigns to separate waste before placing it for collection so that local authorities could dispose of the waste properly has had little effect, PR Phuket also noted.

“The garbage problem continues to happen,” they said.

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“Although complaints about the rubbish in the area, which caused a rotting stench and disturbed people, have been raised by local residents several times to the authorities, the problem has not been resolved,” PR Phuket said.

“Garbage must be managed by a hygienic disposal facility properly to resolve causes of smell pollution and flies in the area. Relevant organisations must inspect and get rid of the trash according to guidelines already set out,” it added.

An official at the public relations division of Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), which is the local administration responsible for the Soi Layan 1 area, told The Phuket News today that the office had not received any complaints about the rotting trash.

“At this time, we have not yet received any complaints from local residents about the garbage, but we will have the authorities inspected the area,” the officer said.

“Normally, private sectors organisations such as local businesses and hotels hire a private company to collect garbage from them, but the Cherng Talay OrBorTor is responsible for collecting garbage from local people’s houses,” the officer said.

“Those who are affected by trash can come and file a complaint at the OrBorTor office,” the officer added.

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Kurt | 17 January 2021 - 11:36:26

Oh yes! A while ago Phuket Officialdom put sanitation/clean up of Minivan /taxi mafia on their 'agenda'.  How far are they now in executing? Now it is the good time. Start a new license program in which weapons on board these cars is forbidden. Install speed limiters. No police officers after police working hours driving these 'family' cars as now often happen.

Kurt | 17 January 2021 - 10:47:21

@ JohnC, you are right. But there is hope now! Phuket Officials put now illegal dumping on AGENDA. Now the thai paper tiger works will solve all dumping problems. Sure. How about relevant OrborTor's staff all over Phuket start to patrol instead of handsitting and wait that people see them to complain?

JohnC | 17 January 2021 - 09:24:56

The main problem is the mentality of the locals. In 25 years here I've not seen any improvement in their attitude about rubbish not being their problem once it leaves their hands. It should be embarrassing for Thais that most rubbish picked up is done by foreigners or expats but they don't. They think they are stupid for doing so. Sad disgusting attitude towards their own country.

Kurt | 17 January 2021 - 00:09:12

What citizens see about all dumps around, sure Phuket officialdom sees that too. Why Officialdom ignore this Thai pollution? Is it (A) they don't care to manage the beauty of the island, or (B) is it they can not squeeze money out of keeping Phuket island clean? Seems Phuket officialdom doesn't care about downgrading image. But don't smoke/drink at the beaches! Losers.

Capricornball | 16 January 2021 - 18:27:12

Island-wide issue for sure, but especially bad in BangTao area, because not only does everyone know the police never do anything about anything, but in Cherng Thalay area the OrBaTor is also know to not give 2 s#!^s about anything either, especially if there is no budget skimming to be had. Nowhere is off limits to these dumpers either.

Galong | 16 January 2021 - 16:27:05

@Foot I honestly wonder what the cops do all day.  I know they have a big force as is evident when a VIP is in town. There's a cop on every corner or every few hundred meters.  Yes, there are definite trouble areas.  They tend to have warning signs.  That, obviously and sadly, means nothing.

Foot | 16 January 2021 - 11:14:14

Galong is correct.
So many problems could be resolved if there was a a government agency that actually watched over trouble spots from dump sites to traffic control.  
Maybe call this group of hard workers "Police", or some other term that isn't in use now.

Galong | 15 January 2021 - 16:56:15

COPS DON'T PATROL! Everyone knows this.  I've seen people dumping trash. They see me and don't blink an eye because they know there is no punishment and the authorities don't really care.  At the very most they'll put up a sign with some fine amount. Nothing will be done. 


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