On September 8th 2010, Tri Akaradecha, a Vice Governor of Phuket, and the President of Phuket Trash Management Committee, discussed about the construction progress of Phuket’s second incinerator.
Prachoom Suriya, Head of Environmental Work, Phuket City Municipality, reported that the contractor was preparing construction including land development, foundations, area survey, electricity system removal, temporary office, and worker accommodation construction. The total budget used in the new incinerator construction was 940 million baht. The incinerator was estimated to be ready by December 2011.
He said that this construction budget was supported by the government’s project ‘Thai Khem Khang’ (Thai Strength), for constructing an asphalt road leading to the incinerator and landfill area, installing high metal light posts in the landfill area, installing 12 sets of CCTV, constructing the trash-vehicle washing area, and buying vehicles and Ultra-Low-Volume (ULV) sprayers.
He additionally said that there was now 500 tons of trash a day. Meanwhile, the existing incinerator could handle only 250 tons per day. The rest of the trash was sent to the landfill. He estimated that the existing incinerator would work for one more year and had a solution plan for trash management in the future by repairing and increasing the incinerators’ abilities, to also generate electricity.
Paiboon Upatasing, President of Phuket Provincial Administration Organization, added that they will campaign for all sectors to together separate more garbage and develop more local organic fertilizer factories in future, in line with the disposal of organic waste and to reduce burdens on the incinerators.