GARBAGE COLLECTIONS STALL IN HUA HIN WASTE DISPOSAL CRISIS

After the closure (July 1st) of the waste disposal site near the Thanarat Army Camp in Pranburi District, resistance to the use of a proposed replacement site in Khao Yoi District, Phetchaburi Province and issues with transporting large amounts of garbage each day, has resulted in stalled waste collection and complaints from Hua Hin community members.

Recently, the governor of Phetchaburi province ordered officers to set up a checkpoint at Phetchkasem Road to prevent the transport  of sewage or solid waste that may cause unsanitary conditions which may be infected and contaminated into the Phetchaburi area without permission.

The governor of Prachuap Province is now being asked to solve the problem of disposing of the large amount of waste in Prachuap Khiri Khan, especially in Hua Hin, where the amount of garbage is up to 160 tons per day, with no current viable site being available. 

It is not possible to transport through Phetchaburi to other provinces, resulting in garbage not being collected and dumped all over the roadsides in the municipality.

Community members are questioning the reason for the Pranburi site closure and because the army is involved, suggesting that the Prime Minister be involved to resolve the problem, albeit waste disposal is a municipality, rather than either a provincial or national responsibility.

‘’Solving the problem of overflowing garbage in the city is the duty of every municipality or sub-district administrative organisation.  Every local authority has a legal duty. How will the local government solve the problem?’’

“Thanarat Camp has a lot of empty spaces with hundreds of thousands of rai.  The Prime Minister has the power to order that it continue to accept the garbage.  We have to let Hua Hin stink since the country’s leader doesn’t come to take care.”

“There are piles of garbage bags almost in front of the house right now;  the garbage is overflowing, we need the Prime Minister Prayut to order.’’