A new learning centre for sustainable organic refuse management has been unveiled in the area of the Phuket Incinerator on Tuesday September 16th 2014. Governor Maitri Inthusut led officials and representatives from various government and environmental agencies including the Phuket Environment Foundation, at the launch. Officials also signed an MOU agreeing to support and adhere to the new organic waste management plans to drive the island toward becoming a low-carbon city (Phuket Low-Carbon City). PPAO was represented by Deputy Chief Executive Soratham Jinda.
The learning centre provides information on various systems of organic household waste management including areas dedicated to subjects like: low-carbon know-how, compost making, liquid fertilizer, worm feed producing and biogas making. Also at the launch, a discussion forum on waste recycling also took place. Waste managers who successfully recycle rubbish recounted their experience and techniques as well as lending out household fertilizer-making tanks to those interested. The learning centre is open to the public.
The attempt is seen as a concerted effort by the Phuket authorities to tackle the increasing amount of waste being sent to the local incinerator each day. Up to 680 tons of rubbish reaches the Phuket City incinerator which only has the capacity of 700 tons. However, it is discovered that half of the amount of the rubbish is organic household materials which can be recycled effectively and thereby reducing overall amount of waste. Other systems of waste management include landfill using areas of about 291 rai of land provided by the Forestry Department.