A training course on environmental management was delivered to volunteers from the Natural Resources and Environment Conservation Network and a number of school children at Tambon Thep Kasattri, Thalang on July 8th 2014. PPAO Council Member – Sanya Srimueng presided over the opening of the event, which also saw Council Members – Sithichok Detchpibal, Kamron Panthip and Sonthaya Suntharak, as well as Head of Engineering Department – Wassana Sriwilai, PPAO officials and guests in attendance.
The sustainable environmental training course was organized jointly by PPAO, Phuket Natural and Environmental Resource Region 15, Phuket Environment Foundation, Natural Resources and Environment Conservation Network of Thalang and Thep Kasattri Schools, and saw 50 volunteers and 100 school children participate.
The training covered both theoretical and practical aspects of sustainable waste management and includes modules such as: environmental report on local rubbish and wastewater, sorting rubbish, sustainable waste treatment, and sorting banks, among others.
In the practical modules, the participants were divided into groups that focused on making compost from leftover fruits, vegetables, food and manure, all using a high temperature burning process which gives the by-product of wood vinegar.
According to Mrs Wassana, the training program aimed to educate volunteers of the Natural Resources and Environment Conservation Network and schoolchildren from three Phuket districts in sustainable waste management. It was also hoped that “graduates” will continue to train members in their communities to do the same, thus creating a network of groups which work together to reduce local refuse.
According to Mr Sanya, Phuket now recycles over 680 tons of refuse daily, 60% of which is organic materials. Effective refuse management will raise environment awareness among the public and encourage them to take part in the process by starting to sort out organic materials at home.
Mr Sanya believes the program not only decreases the amount of rubbish inundating Phuket but also helps to reduce many forms of environment impact.