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Koh Kaew OrBorTor tackles roadside dumping

Koh Kaew OrBorTor tackles roadside dumping

PHUKET: In an attempt to stem the going tide of rubbish and large unwanted items being dumped by the side of the road, the Koh Kaew Tambon Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor) has launched a “free rubbish pickup” campaign.

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By Waranya Prompinpiras

Saturday 16 February 2019, 01:37PM


"Want to throw it out? Then call us,” is the campaign’s slogan.

“If local residents of Koh Kaew want to throw away large items, please call the Koh Kaew OrBorTor at 076-239263,” explained Wararat Ramani of Koh Kaew OrBorTor’s Public Health Division.

“Our officers will bring a truck to pick up the items from the house within the same day without any charge,” Ms Wararat said.

The free service is available to local residents in Koh Kaew only, she added.

“People have been dumping large items such as mattresses, beds, cabinets and sofas because they don’t know where to take it, or because the regular rubbish-collection trucks cannot carry these items away,” Ms Wararat explained.

“You can see people have dumped such items throughout the area, under trees and right beside the road,” she said.

The free rubbish collection in Koh Kaew is being conducted under the campaign “Koh Kaew Clean by the Year 2020”, organised by OrBorTor President Khuakiet Chitkhua, Ms Wararat explained.

“The items collected will first be brought to the Koh Kaew OrBorTor offices. When enough has been collected we will have larger trucks take it to the landfill at the Phuket City Municipality waste incineration plant in Saphan Hin,” she said.

“The goal is get at least 40 calls from people wanting to have large items collected, and so far we have already had 15 sites cleaned up where a wardrobe, beds and sofas have been dumped,” she said.

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CaptainJack69 | 17 February 2019 - 23:27:54

Municipal refuse collection and recycling locations should be provided by every municipality. Somewhere people can take their over-sized or "unacceptable" waste. Currently there is no alternative for many things but to dump them somewhere. The pick-up service is an excellent idea but it's unsustainable & wont last unless a fee is charged.

Island Man | 17 February 2019 - 07:57:11

Congratulations to the OrBorTor President Khuakiet Chitkhua on a brilliant idea. Now how about island-wide? A small fee could be charged and some of the items collected could be re-purposed.

Galong | 16 February 2019 - 16:23:44

Whichever OrBorTor is in charge of Koh Siray, they need to do something about the increasing amount of trash being dumped in the mangrove between the bridge and the clock tower. 

Kurt | 16 February 2019 - 13:52:38

All communities/Orbor Tor's on Phuket should follow this initiative immediately! Go for a continues clean Phuket Island, not only t-shirt/cap volunteer days to clear island areas once in a while when the dirt is piling up to much. Phuket is a rich province. Use the funds. Sure last week the 0.5 million chinese tourists brought in a lot of money, including tourist taxes too!

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