Wicharn Simachaya

More rubbish than ever

Date of Release: 
Jan 7 2016

Thai households discarded 26.9 million tonnes of waste last year, up 3% from 2014, but only half of it was properly put out for collection and disposal, according to the Pollution Control Department.

The department said 13.3 million tonnes of that garbage, or 49%, was dumped wherever people felt like leaving it. Only 13.6 million tonnes, or 51%, was put out for proper disposal by local garbage collection services.

Of this, 8.4 million tonnes was dumped in landfills and 4.9 million tonnes was recycled, department director-general Wicharn Simachaya said on Thursday.

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