Pattaya hopes to have a new company picking up garbage around the city March 1, ending a long-running problem with old trucks leaving behind a snail’s train of smelly wastewater in their wake.
Somjai Attapol, who runs a food stall on Soi Paniadchang, was the latest resident to file a complaint to city hall about garbage trucks spilling noxious liquid as they make their way down the street every day.
She said the smell is so bad, it cannot be washed away. She scrubs the snail trail with bathroom cleaner to keep her restaurant area smelling nice.
Pattaya Deputy Mayor Manote Nongyai noted the problem is not a new one. For years on end, people have complained about the water discharge from trucks, a result of the longtime contractor failing to properly maintain its vehicles.
Every few years the contractor’s contract comes up for renewal and Pattaya has been unable to find another company to take its business.
The contract ends again Feb. 28, Manote said, and the city is hopeful it will get a bid by a quality firm to replace the old trash hauler. So far, none have been accepted.
Speaking to the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association at its Feb. 20 meeting at the Sunshine Garden Hotel, Manote said the new contractor will deploy 27 trucks, all freshly painted and bearing the Pattaya City logo. The company also would distribute additional new trash cans around the city to reduce litter on the streets.
The new contract also will come with penalties for poor performance, the deputy mayor said.
The contactor can be fined up to 3 percent of its fee if repeated complaints are lodged about trash not being picked up. He did not specify how many complaints would be required to trigger the fine.