The Pollution Control Department (PCD) has prepared nearly 4,000 locations for Bangkok residents to safely drop off their toxic or electronic waste.
Dumping such waste in the wrong place risks contaminating the environment, and eventual migration of toxics into the food chain and people’s meals.
The problem is foreboding, given that about 29 tonnes of toxic or electronic waste is generated in the capital each day – totalling 993 tonnes yearly.
“So since 2017, we have collaborated with convenience stores, petrol stations and department stores in developing 3,815 safe spots for people to dump their unwanted cellphones, cell-phone batteries, batteries, fluorescent lamps and contaminated containers such as emptied sprayers in Bangkok,” said PCD director-general Sunee Piyapanpong on Thursday.
She said the collaboration would soon expand to cover other provinces too.