Phuket Safe, a joint project between Phuket City Municipality and Phuket Pharmacy Association, is campaigning for people to separate hazardous rubbish, e.g. batteries or florescent light tubes, from normal rubbish before disposing of them. In the 3 months of October, November & December 2010, 24 kilos of hazardous rubbish was collected by this project. The pharmacies joining the project will provide medicine for people who bring hazardous rubbish to the shops.
The participating pharmacies in Phuket Town are Santi Health Care, Kapook Ya, Santi Heathy, Song Bhesaj, Monthon, Charoen Bhesaj, Plern Pharmacy, Bhutthchart Pharmacy, Sanguan Pharmacy, Teera Osot, and Santi Bhesaj. There are also 2 other pharmacies in Thalang, 11 pharmacies in Chalong, Kata, Karon, and 6 pharmacies in Kamala and Patong.
Thaworn Jirapattanasopon, the Deputy Mayor of Phuket City Municipality, said “most of the hazardous rubbish collected was batteries and torches. This kind of rubbish is not environmentally friendly and has to be destroyed properly. “