With new regulations blocking Pattaya from hauling Koh Larn’s garbage to the mainland, city hall is expanding the island’s landfill and is considering building an incinerator.
City council Chairman Anan Ankanawisan led a delegation of city workers and officials to Koh Larn Feb. 18 to survey work to expand the existing, overflowing landfill.
The city will bring in heavy machinery to dig more space and then lay HDPE sheets to prevent wastewater from seeping into the ground. It will then bury more trash there as, under new Interior Ministry rules, it cannot bring the garbage back to Pattaya for disposal.
Anan said the long-term solution, however, is a trash-to-energy incinerator that would run three times a week. The Pattaya City Council had planned to take up the incinerator plans and budget Feb. 22, but postponed action on it, approving money only for the HDPE.
Koh Larn has been drowning in garbage for years due to the exploding tourist population there and the breakdown of barges that used to bring the trash across Pattaya Bay. At one point there were more than 50 tons of garbage piling up in the island’s dump.