THAILAND – The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has pledged to eradicate 11 million tonnes of garbage in six provinces under a pilot project it launched in August 2014. Nationwide, it wants to be able to manage at least 80% of the total waste generated across the country in a year’s time.
The six provinces - - Ayutthaya, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Saraburi, Samut Prakan and Lop Buri - had the most garbage in the country, and the ministry says it is looking into ways to tackle the waste management problems.
For starters, all the provinces have to submit a waste management action before the end of this year to the Department of Pollution Control. The plans will then be proposed to the Cabinet as part of a nationwide initiative, the “National Action Plan on Waste Management”.
According to the ministry’s deputy permanent secretary Suphot Tovichakchaikul, Thailand aims to eradicate 22 million tonnes of garbage, or 80% of the total waste nationwide, in a year.
As part of Thailand’s plans, at least 15 power plants will have to be set up or repurposed to turn garbage into electricity.
“We will have a clear direction on how we can solve waste problems for both the short and long terms,” said Suphot.