The Deputy Director General of the Department of Pollution Control Mr. Suwan Nanthasarut has chaired a meeting with Hua Hin Municipal executives to discuss a solution to garbage issues in Hua Hin. The meeting was organised at the Hua Hin Municipality, and was attended by the Hua Hin Mayor Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul. An officer of the Division of Hygiene, Hua Hin Municipality, summarised the background of the garbage management system carried out in Thab Tai Sub-District since 1994. Major problems in this area include bad smells and waste water that damages water for human and cattle consumption. Recently people have called for the closure of the area, and blocked municipal officers who went to dump more garbage there. The Municipality resolved to dump more garbage inside Thannarat Military Base in Pranburi. As this area is located 40 kilometres further than Thab Ta, the Municipality has to pay 280 Baht more per a ton of garbage.
As the local people are satisfied with this solution, the authorities have made a 5 year contract with the Pranburi Sub-District Municipality so that the garbage from Hua Hin can be dumped there. In addition, to prevent the bad smell, the authorities will use an EM spray at the garbage dump once a week as well as using soil to cover garbage. Wastewater is being pumped out. As a next step to solve the garbage problem, the Hua Hin Municipality will use a 33 million Baht budget from the Office of Environmental Policy and Planning to restructure and renovate a new area in the Thannarat Military Base.
This project will be carried out by Banthad Thai Co. Ltd., and will be completed by 25th December 2016. A representative of the Thab Tai Community disagreed with the proposed solution, saying that some garbage is still in the old area. He also proposed to the use the allocated budget for wastewater management. The municipal officer explained that what the authorities were doing met environmental principles and was considered practical. The Deputy Director General of the Department of Pollution Control agreed, but asked the Thab Tai representative and local people to monitor what the municipal authorities are doing. Finally, the Deputy Director General of the Department of Pollution Control said that, if the Thab Tai people needed a budget for wastewater management, they were welcome to submit a proposal for consideration.