On Saturday September 20th 2014, PPAO Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising was part of a team of local officials, led by Governor Maitri Inthusut, who welcomed Gen Daopong Rattanasuwan, Minister of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and his team who were here to visit the Phuket incinerator and its newly-opened Waste Management Learning Center. Also present were Phuket City Mayor – Somjai Suwannasupana, local government officials and representatives from related agencies.
The new centre provides information on various techniques on sustainable waste management and recycling. It also features areas dedicated to subjects including low-carbon know-how, compost making, liquid fertilizer, making feed for worms and biogas making for the public to follow when recycling rubbish.
Each day the Phuket City incinerator, which only has the capacity of 700 tons, receives up to 680 tons of rubbish, half of which is recyclable organic household materials. Recycling not only reduces the overall amount of waste but also produces many by-products such as fertilizer and bio gas, etc.
Local agencies are making a concerted effort to campaign for households to sort out organic materials and encourage the public to recycle. Workshops and seminar on this subject have been organized for schools by local agencies such as PPAO, among others.
Gen Daopong highly commended the Phuket authority for its strong and concerted effort to reduce local waste, promote recycling and improve the environment. From this visit, the general could see that the Phuket waste management model works but he also realized that Phuket has a plan to expand and improve on this model within the next six months. He would come back then and assess the progress, said the general.