On 29th September 2014 at the conference room at Phuket Municipal Solid Waste Incineration Plant, Phuket Governor – Maitree Intusut presided over the third meeting for the solid waste and waste water management committee of 2014. Also present at the meeting were Phuket Vice Governor – Sommai Preechasil, PPAO Director – Paiboon Upatising, Phuket City Mayor – Somjai Suwansupana and Director of Regional Environmental Office 15 – Pornsri Suthanaruk.
The main point of the meeting was to appoint a government agency to take full responsibility for correcting the island’s problems with waste and waste water. At present, there are a number of environmental issues which are affecting Phuket which are growing more serious and affecting a larger number of people. In fact, a large number of tourists have now started to complaint more frequently especially with regards to the releasing of wastewater into public areas in areas including Samkong, Karon and Cherng Talay.
A further issue of concern is regarding pollution control of the waste building up at the Phuket incinerator. The Pollution Control Department has prepared a road map to use as a guideline in order to solve the problem of solid waste in Phuket, in particular the problem of waste separation which is rapidly becoming a urgent matter due to the fast expansion of Phuket with more Thais and foreigners visiting and living on the island and producing more waste. It is hoped that if everybody campaigns to reduce the amount of waste Phuket will have a better environment and more beautiful environment and will be able to welcome tourists for a long time.