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Improvement in garbage disposal last year

Thailand's garbage disposal has improved with 17 million tonnes out of a total of some 27 million tonnes of garbage generated last year being disposed of, leaving behind 10 million tonnes yet to be disposed of.

Mr Jatuporn Burutpat, director-general of Pollution Control Department, attributed the improvement in garbage management to public cooperation especially in the separation of garbage in conjunction with preservation of the environment.

Out of the 27 million tonnes of garbage produced last year, about 4.2 million tonnes came from Bangkok. By average, each Thai produced 1.14 kgs of garbage/day compared to 1.13 kgs/day a year earlier.

Nakhon Si Thammarat and Chachoengsao boast the highest amount of leftover garbage of one million tonnes each. Chon Buri, Surat Thani, Songkhla and Samut Prakan also record more than one million tonnes each being produced.

Provinces which recorded 100,000-500,000 tonnes of leftover garbage last year include Khon Kaen, Ayutthaya; 50,000-100,000 tonnes of undisposed of garbage include Pattani, Narathiwat, Chumporn, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Pathum Thani, Tak, Loei and Nakhon Phanom.

Last year's dangerous garbage totalled 3.5 million tonnes. Dangerous garbage was divided into community-based dangerous garbage, industrial wastes and infected garbage.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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