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Phuket's wet means more flies, and more garbage going nowhere

Could I Have Flies With That?

Friday, June 15, 2012
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PHUKET: An exceptional number of flies have been noted on Phuket after the latest heavy monsoon rains, a meeting at Provincial Hall in Phuket City heard today.

The Director of the Phuket Provincial Health Office, Dr Sak Tenchaikul, said the flies could be found on Phuket at this time each year but were greater in number this year because conditions were favorable.

Garbage continued to build higher and higher because Phuket's two incinerators were not operating fully and could only dispose of a fraction of Phuket's daily trash.

President of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation, Paiboon Upatising, agreed that flies were more prevalent in shops on Phuket. The flies had a 28-day life cycle, he said.

Flies were attracted to food whether it was on a dining table or in Phuket's garbage ''mountain.''

Some cases of food poisoning among tourists could be attributed to flies, Khun Paiboon said, urging shopkeepers and restaurateurs to do what they could to shoo them away.

Disposal problems at the trash depot at Saphan Hin in Phuket City, where all of Phuket's garbage is taken, were also creating a breeding ground for flies, the Phuket City meeting heard.

Phuket was producing 700 tonnes of waste each day but could only dispose of 100 at present, the meeting heard. The old incinerator is not working and the new incinerator is functioning at just a fraction of its capacity.

Chemical sprays are usually used but the monsoon downpour had washed away the chemicals used to suppress flies, the meeting was told.

A Phuketwan team recently visited the Phuket garbage dump after the heavy rains and it appeared toxins were being leached into surrounding areas.

Reporters noted a couple of youngsters had picked herbs nearby and were taking them off to sell somewhere.

Vice Governor Dr Sommai Preechasin chaired today's meeting of administrators and private business leaders, which regularly examines Phuket's problems.

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Island wide curb side recycling would immediately reduce volumes by as much as 30 percent. An easy step for the or bor tors to implement quickly.

Posted by Nick anthony on June 15, 2012 20:46

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Sounds like a good project for the expat marketing community to undertake to explain why reduce, recycle, reuse is the way to go. Without persuasion, there is no imperative. Good ideas need to be sold. Better to fix Phuket's problems than sell a car with three wheels.

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Nick, I have five curbside recyclers per hour. Someone always finds, recycles, and makes a bit of money from the trash. If collectors don't get it, the garbage man himself will, and put it in a bag strapped to the truck (most likely to sell/recycle)

Posted by Not important on June 15, 2012 22:27

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This growing mountain of trash is simply another indication that Phuket has over expanded due to the greed of property developers & lack of control by authorities. Water shortages, crowded roads & polluted beaches were clear indicators. This is another warning!

Posted by Logic on June 16, 2012 14:32

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If you are interested in illegal garbage dumps just drive the Mueang Chaofa Road, from Prince of Songkhla University (Kathu) to Chao Fa West (near Honda). Both sides of the road are a mess in many places.

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on June 18, 2012 11:21


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