Koh Larn Village Chief Bunchert Bunying complained to Pattaya Permanent Secretary and city council Vice-President Sanit Boonmachai Jan. 10 that more than 200 tons of garbage has piled up on the island since New Year because three of four trash trucks are broken and the city stopped hauling away refuse by barge.
Over 200 tons of garbage has piled up on Koh Larn since New Year because three of four trash trucks are broken and the city stopped hauling away refuse by barge.
“The trash is emitting a foul odor and has become a source for mosquitoes, which are increasing rapidly,” Bunchert said. The village chief added that city hall has ignored several requests to repair the broken trucks and that the island has too few sanitation workers for its resident and tourist population.
Pakorn acknowledged that the city last month suspended trash-ferry service from Koh Larn because of a dispute with officials in Khao Maikaew, where Pattaya disposes of its waste. Community officials there now insist any waste deposited in their landfill comes from mainland Pattaya only, not Koh Larn, and blocked all access to the dump until the city agreed, he explained.
Khao Maikaew’s problem with Koh Larn’s trash is that the transport time from the island to the landfill is so long that the rotting garbage smells so bad, neighbors complain.
Pakorn said the only solution would be to construct a rubber-lined dump on the island itself. Planners suggested it be built over a rai of land and be dug 3 meters deep. Waste would be treated with biological agents to hasten decomposition, then the remaining refuse would be buried in a landfill.
Pattaya officials also agreed to organize a cleanup day for the island to remove the trash surplus and pursue a permanent outsourcing contract for garbage collection.