Will Samui Paradise turn into garbage heap?
If nothing is done soon enough, the small island of Samui, seen as a paradise by foreign tourists, could turn into a heap of garbage soon, according to a briefing at an urgent meeting held Sunday.
During the meeting held by Surat Thani Governor Chatpong Chatphume, more than 250,000 tons of garbage has already piled up on the small island, regarded by many foreign tourists as a paradise, especially decades ago before the tourism industry there boomed.
The meeting at the Surat Thani provincial hall was also told that 150 tons more of garbage is made on the island each day.
Chatpong held an urgent meeting after he has received complaints from local people that garbage has become a serious problem for them as the remaining waste is causing bad smell and affecting their daily life.
The governor called representatives of agencies concerned to discuss possible solutions. The agencies included the Samui Municipality and the Surat Thani Natural Resources and Environment Office.
The governor was told that the constructions of four integrated solid waste management plants that can dispose garbage with sustainability have not been done yet, causing the garbage to accumulate for two years.
The meeting was told that the ever-growing pile of garbage could soon affect the tourism.
Samui Municipality Mayor Ramnetr Jaikwang said four landfill sites of the municipality had already been used up and its garbage incinerator has been out of order.
Ramnetr said the municipality has only one plot of land left for use as a new landfill but it will be used up in six months or no more than one year.
The meeting resolved to set up a panel to speed up the construction of the four integrated garbage plants.