Department of Environment expresses concern on Bangkok trash


BANGKOK, 22 November 2012  – The Environment Department has expressed concern over the amount of garbage in Bangkok, which has drastically increased from the same period of last year by a rate of 800 tons per day.

The department revealed that the main cause of the problem was last year’s flood crisis. During December of 2011, over 375-thousand tons of trash were collected, in a major increase from the average monthly amount of 250 to 280-thousand tons.

The agency pointed out that although several projects were launched to raise public awareness to help reduce the use of items such as plastic bags, the rising population of the Thai capital has contributed to an excess of household waste.

The department has urged Bangkok residents to use trash bins marked for recycling to help speed up the collection process and aid in the termination of city trash.