The second public meeting on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was held on March 14 at Phuket Rajabhat University, and attended by a team of PPAO officials, led by Mr Paiboon Upattising, representatives from Phuket City Municipality and involved agencies. The meeting focuses on the construction of a compost plant and energy recovering.
As a result of the increasing amount of local refuse, more than 7% per year and growing, PPAO has plans to construct a compost plant where organic matter will be processed and the resulting bio-gas collected to generate electricity. The meeting was told that of the 550 tons of refuse collected daily in Phuket, 60% is organic matter. Only 9% of the refuse can be incinerated. The plan, if carried out, will lessen the burden on the local incinerator and reduce landfill, seen as increasingly impractical measure.
The plan is to build a compost plant large enough to process all organic matter from the whole province. Sorted organic material like food waste and leaves will be processed and turned into bio-gas while the leftover matter subsequently turned into compost.
Thanking all attendees Mr Paiboon put it to them that if community leaders and members of the public are in agreement with this plan, PPAO will allocate a fund from next year’s budget for this purpose. He asked the attendees to have confidence that the project is for the good of the community.
Soliciting cooperation from all agencies, Mr Paiboon assured them that PPAO will provide effective garbage trucks so that organic matter can be transported without leaking or causing a bad smell.
“We must all work together to solve this issue and establish an effective refuse sorting system. AcComposting plant is only one piece of the jigsaw; what’s more important is our commitment to preserve the environment. I count on you for your cooperation”, he concluded.