Ambitious plan to clear up toxic rubbish by Thailand

Ambitious plan to clear up toxic rubbish by Thailand

The Interior Ministry yesterday affirmed the government's policy to tackle hazardous garbage in Nakhon Pathom, Sara Buri and Lop Buri provinces following a successful model in Ayutthaya. It will later expand to 24 other provinces.

Deputy Permanent Secretary for Interior Maitri Inthusut said yesterday that 200,000 tonnes of accumulated garbage at a dump site in tambon Ban Pom in Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya district had been removed.

It would be buried according to sanitary regulations (which also included a wastewater treatment system) at a new site in tambon Mahaphram in Bang Ban district.

So far, 150,000 tonnes is now underground and this task would be complete in March, he added. He said the construction of a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) plant and a 3.5megawatt-capacity power plant would be built soon to help solve the problem.

Maitri said the ministry had the budget to proceed urgently on the three above-mentioned provinces with a critical amount of cumulative garbage. Drafting of a Term of Reference for the action plan to meet local needs is underway.

As for the other 24 provinces, the ministry and agencies were working on a roadmap to tackle garbage and to find a location to build a waste management facility with appropriate technology.

To make the solution sustainable, the ministry is working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in a project called "Clean City, Happy People".

It is campaigning for provinces, districts and local bodies to create people's discipline and good values for cleanliness and garbage separating.

This project would also honour a province and a local administrative organisation with best practice to become the learning centres for others, he added.

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