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Koh Samui is threatened with undisposed garbage totaling about 250,000 tonnes

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Koh Samui is threatened with undisposed garbage totaling about 250,000 tonnes

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KOH SAMUI: A huge mountain of accumulated garbage is threatening the image and tourism potential of Koh Samui and the problem is steadily worsening as the only incinerator of the municipality has been inoperational for about eight years.

Mr Anond Wathayanont, a member of the development committee of Koh Samui municipality, said that the undisposed garbage, estimated at about 250,000 tonnes had been left abandoned around the malfunctioned incinerator and had piled up as high as a three-storey building.

Moreover, about 150 tonnes of garbage are generated each day from households and tourism-related establishments, adding up to the garbage which are not disposed of, he added and blamed the rapid expansion of tourism business for contributing to increasing garbage problem.
The municipality has tried to address the problem by hiring a private sector to dispose of the garbage but has to terminate the contract later on because of poor performance, said Mr Anond, adding that the municipality has sought financial help from the government to fix the incinerator but help is yet to come.

As an alternative while the incinerator remains out of order, the municipality has launched publicity campaign urging households and business operators to separate garbage into garbage which can be recycled and garbage which needs to be disposed of.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/koh-samui-threatened-undisposed-garbage-totaling-250000-tonnes/

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-- Thai PBS 2016-06-19

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Not surprised on this state of things when the island floods frequently from the lack of storm drains that discharge into the sea.

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No planning or fore thought. For tourism to last you have to reinvest. Thais just think of today! What tourists want to see or smell garbage?

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No planning or fore thought. For tourism to last you have to reinvest. Thais just think of today! What tourists want to see or smell garbage?

It's like Kamphaeng Phet historical park, it's from the Sukhothai era and is on the UNECO world heritage list. They charge foreigners 200 Baht to enter and last 2 times I've been there they did not have any tourist information in English and no one working that could speak English. The same goes for most national parks, no information in English and no personnel that can speak English and still we as foreigners have to pay 5-10 times as much as a Thai that at least can read the signs and get more out of the visit than just a nice view.

And sadly to say it goes back in to the educational system too, many vocational colleges have machines and even complete factories that they can't use as they have broke down because of the lack of maintenance. Basically the colleges got the equipment for free via MOE/OVEC but after installation MOE/OVEC have not allocated any money in the budget for maintenance.

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The incinerator has been down for eight years! So just let the garbage pile up until it's so high that we can blame it on too much tourism. I'm sure that's the problem. LOS and we just don't care!!!

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I always said that Koh Samui is "A huge mountain of accumulated garbage"

And now it has been confirmed.

Lets hope next time it floods it won't bring a nasty plague upon the place

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I notice they often also not even collect the garbage properly anymore, there are more and more areas next to the road where the black bags just get more and more. It seems as soon as there are more then 2 or 3 they just leave it.

Many locals solve the problem on their own and just burn it (somehow I can understand it, they need to get rid of it somehow), but even burning plastic next to tourists on the beach.

In my area of Bangrak the smell of smoke increased a lot in the last year. Whenever I open the window there is smoke in the air. Last week I was on a trip, opened my bag to take out a fresh washed t-shirt and noticed how much it smelled of smoke, days before it was hanging out to dry, in the fresh air of Samui ;)

My mum recently visited me, she got a small machine to help her breathing at night. 2 years of usage in Germany: the filter was still like new, a few weeks in Samui and the filter was completely black.

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Many locals solve the problem on their own and just burn it (somehow I can understand it, they need to get rid of it somehow), but even burning plastic next to tourists on the beach.

In my area of Bangrak the smell of smoke increased a lot in the last year. Whenever I open the window there is smoke in the air. Last week I was on a trip, opened my bag to take out a fresh washed t-shirt and noticed how much it smelled of smoke, days before it was hanging out to dry, in the fresh air of Samui wink.png

My mum recently visited me, she got a small machine to help her breathing at night. 2 years of usage in Germany: the filter was still like new, a few weeks in Samui and the filter was completely black.

In our area of Bangrak http://www.bohkhungvillas.com/ it is the same, all around us and next to us there are fires every day now plus we have the yapping dogs waking us up in the morning and keeping us awake in the evening. Also there are the problems with the electric in this area ......

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It was tourists being blamed for all the garbage a few months ago. If the infrastructure can't cope with the tourist numbers then cut back on the numbers. Forget about counting the baht and think about the environment. If it isn't sustainable there won't be a single satang to count.

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As with ALL Thailand's natural resources, there is no proper management, no infrastructure and no regulation.....in this case they are as ever shitting in their own nest.

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Many locals solve the problem on their own and just burn it (somehow I can understand it, they need to get rid of it somehow), but even burning plastic next to tourists on the beach.

In my area of Bangrak the smell of smoke increased a lot in the last year. Whenever I open the window there is smoke in the air. Last week I was on a trip, opened my bag to take out a fresh washed t-shirt and noticed how much it smelled of smoke, days before it was hanging out to dry, in the fresh air of Samui wink.png

My mum recently visited me, she got a small machine to help her breathing at night. 2 years of usage in Germany: the filter was still like new, a few weeks in Samui and the filter was completely black.

In our area of Bangrak http://www.bohkhungvillas.com/ it is the same, all around us and next to us there are fires every day now plus we have the yapping dogs waking us up in the morning and keeping us awake in the evening. Also there are the problems with the electric in this area ......

Do you pay for garbage collection ? Most foreigners and locals don't pay and burn or fly tip their rubbish so of course there is no money to solve the problem. Of course if everyone did pay the money would probably just disappear into someones pocket anyway.

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It was tourists being blamed for all the garbage a few months ago. If the infrastructure can't cope with the tourist numbers then cut back on the numbers. Forget about counting the baht and think about the environment. If it isn't sustainable there won't be a single satang to count.

charge a fee on every tourist coming to samui on the ferry or arriving by plane at the airport. efficiently collect the fee and then use it to form a committee on how to solve the problem. pay expensive consultants to look into the problem and then hope the problem goes away on its own. only took 10 years to get me thinking like a thai. you will all think i am crazy but i actually understand them and how their systems work now. its so beautiful, now i need to study up on becoming a consultant that specializes in waste disposal incinerators.

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Simply burning rubbish is a potential eco-disaster..even in small private fires....that amount of rubbish would create a huge amount of toxic gases, smog and of course extra carbo in the atmosphere. The problem with allowing garbage to pile up is that it gets increasingly difficult (and costly) to dispose of.

someone will probably suggest landfill, then build upon it and a few years down the line the whole lot will explode due to methane gas build up.....

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Not surprised on this state of things when the island floods frequently from the lack of storm drains that discharge into the sea.

I did not see any flooding problem discussed. Am I looking at the wrong article?

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The last four islands I have visited were inundated by garbage, including Samui, Chang, Lan and Phuket. I was just trying to escape the garbage-strewn countryside of Isaan.

I feel a new "hub" has arrived, although TAT won't be announcing this one.

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