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Koh Tao Alarmed By Growing Trash Pile

By Teeranai Charuvastra, Staff Reporter -

 

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An aerial view of the rubbish pile on Koh Tao.

 

KOH TAO — The island once known for its picturesque diving spots and laid-back beach scene is at the risk of being overwhelmed by the ever-increasing pile of garbage.

 

The alarm was sounded Monday by Koh Tao’s kamnan Kobchai Saowalak as he led Surat Thani governor to visit the site of the rubbish mountain at the island’s disused trash incinerator plant. He called upon the mainland authorities to take action before the garbage caused irreversible damage to Koh Tao’s environment.

 

Full story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/environment/2016/11/21/koh-tao-alarmed-growing-trash-pile/

 
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-- © Copyright Khaosod English 2016-11-21

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just another example of the greedy mindset - take take take but not willing to spend 1 baht on the environmental mess they create, aren't all the Islands the same - isn't there a very obvious problem that has been going on for years

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"disused trash incinerator plant."

 

How about..... buying a new incinerator, one that can be used to generate electricity to help make the island a bit more self sufficient? A far better option than investing in a 3 rai landfill. Which will eventually become full. So the problem is just booted down the road and will re appear. 

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52 minutes ago, edwinchester said:

Just paint it green and it'll blend in fine.

 

I do not think that will mask the smell though...

 

Or the pollution when some enterprising "salvager"  set fire to the lot.

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Is there an incinerator in Thailand that works? 

 

Like everything else from airline safety to fishing stocks, Thais are never going to do anything about the terrible environmental problems until they have to...or it's too late. 

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This is the greatest threat to Thai tourism - even greater than the mafia and crazy roads.  Hopefully the government wakes up and starts policing offenders properly and harshly.

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Blame the Farangs.

 

They should stop collecting rubbish on the beaches and reefs, where it belongs.

 

Maybe they could form an artificial rubbish reef?

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They probably are going to introduce a tourist garbage disposal tax. It is just a matter who is going to pay for it. Easiest will be to move all the garbage to the mainland and process it there. Burning the stuff on the island will chase all tourists away.

 

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1 hour ago, zaZa9 said:

Samui is the same except the trash pile is way way  bigger ...

yes but it is covered with tarps right? why doesnt koh tao use the same tried and tested solution?

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