Pollution Control Department chief Wichien Jungrungreung said yesterday he would give Cabinet four measures early next month to help officials in 25 provinces manage many factories secretly disposing of hazardous waste.
The measures include having factories regularly provide the authorities with a list of the sort of waste they create, getting all waste trucks be painted orange, getting them to carry GPS devices so they can be located easily and providing better waste-treatment or recycling options.
The measures would be enforced initially in pilot provinces such as Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Rayong, Chon Buri and Samut Prakan, followed by Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi and Ayutthaya, he said.
Wichien called on the Interior Ministry to instruct officials in the 25 provinces to look out for areas at the risk of becoming dumpsites and suggested that local people create networks to watch out for people illegally dumping waste.
Wichien said up to 2.65 million tonnes of waste was created in Thailand every year, but only a million tonnes goes through the waste-management system and only 20 per cent of that is properly disposed of.
Meanwhile, PCD deputy chief Worasan Apaipong said his office had formulated a plan to prevent garbage pollution caused by floods and that guidelines would be sent to all provinces and the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department. Last year’s floods saw as huge amount of garbage, oil and farm chemicals pollute flood-hit areas. He said units had been set up to control water pollution and chemical contamination in flood-hit areas. So far, the quality of water in 48 main rivers was good with the exception of Yom River, which has only 2.3 to 2.5 milligrams of oxygen per litre, while water in some parts of Nan River had 0mg of oxygen per litre.