Pattaya demands garbage contractor clean up its act

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Pattaya officials demanded the city’s garbage contractor clean up its act by hiring more staff and training them better to keep the city tidy.

Amnuai Somphongtham, chairman of city council’s environment committee, and other council members met with executives from Pattaya Clean City Co. Sept. 1 to convey their unhappiness with its work in the streets, on sidewalks and in collecting trash. Bins are overflowing, litter is everywhere and the trucks smell, they said.

Council members passed a motion dividing the city into six garbage-collection zones and demanded Pattaya Clean City hire staff to work each area from 4 p.m. through midnight and designate a supervisor to coordinate cleaning services with city hall starting at 6 a.m. each day.

Amnuai Somphongtham, chairman of city council’s environment committee, conveys the city’s unhappiness with Pattaya Clean City Co.’s work in the streets, on sidewalks and in collecting trash.Amnuai Somphongtham, chairman of city council’s environment committee, conveys the city’s unhappiness with Pattaya Clean City Co.’s work in the streets, on sidewalks and in collecting trash.

Council members stressed that more-frequent collection is needed and more trucks, as well. They complained that when trucks get too full, waste leaks out, producing foul odors.

It’s not the first time Pattaya officials have complained about the state of the city’s trash trucks. In 2011, the city said it was installing additional sludge tanks under each truck to catch the water and other putrid liquid before it creates a smell “snail trail” on Pattaya’s streets.

The committee also demanded the contractor hire more staff and equip them with adequate amounts of working equipment and supplies, including brooms, bags, trollies, rakes and trash spears. They also must be trained to know the standards the city demands, particularly those charged with sweeping streets and sidewalks, officials said.