Waste is one of Phuket’s greatest challenges. Each person on the island generates 1.13 kilograms of waste per day (50% of which is biodegradable). That’s over 1,000 tonnes of waste sent to the Saphan Hin incinerator every day.
The island’s high level of waste and profligate use of one single-use plastics – plastic bags 15%, straws 5%, cigarette butts 5% – impacts marine life, killing sea turtles, dolphins and dugongs.
Experts on waste management and environmental protection are warning that Thailand could become the garbage bin of the world.
At the Asean Forum last week, Thailand committed to reduce marine debris by 50%. Thailand’s National Action Plan encourages citizens, including children, and the private sector to reduce waste at source by following the 3Rs concept: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This is where schools, business groups and NGOs have a very significant role to play and indeed many different groups are already actively contributing to the reduction of waste in Phuket….