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Thai PBS, in cooperation with Koh Samui municipal, Tourism Authority of Thailand, hotels, schools and other stakeholders held a round-table discussion on the resort island to mobilize opinions on how to tackle garbage disposal problem.
There are about 300,000 tonnes of garbage on the island awaiting to be disposed of. On top of that, about 150 tonnes of garbage are added each day.
Representatives of the hotel industry told the meeting that they would like to turn their leftover food into organic fertilizer or manure which would have reduced the amount of garbage generated from hotels and resorts on the island by about 20 percent.
Koh Samui mayor Ramnet Jaikwang thanked Thai PBS for its initiative to organize the brain-storming session. But he said that Samui residents must help in separating garbage in order to reduce garbage disposal costs and to mitigate conflict over garbage management.
Mrs Nongyao Chirandorn, director of TAT’s Koh Samui office, said her office was willing to help in publicity to encourage residents on the island to improve the environment and to reduce garbage.