Fridges dumped in canals, Chiang Mai swamped

Deputy Mayor Chatree Chuamanocharn on Friday acknowledged the survey of municipal waterways conducted by Nakhon Chiang Mai Municipality officials implementing the “Ying Thing, Ying Tuam” campaign – whose name translates roughly as “The more garbage disposed of in the wrong places, the worse the flooding”.

Chatree said the situation was particularly bad along the Mae Kha Canal in the Fa Mai neighbourhood, the exit point for water draining out of the urban area. Garbage collected there in a bottleneck, he said, impeding drainage.

Suez fined for landfill leachate licence breach

The company – which was trading as Sita UK at the time of the offences – pleaded guilty to breaching licensed conditions on leachate volume between 18 December 2012 to 12 June 2013, and to failing to report breaches to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) between 9 January 2012 and 8 March 2013.

PerthMapThe Binn landfill (Glenfarg) site is operated by Sita which holds a Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) permit from SEPA which allows it to accept a total of 3.5 million tonnes of household, industrial and commercial waste, at a maximum rate of 372,000 tonnes per annum.

Pollution-free garbage facility hits snag

Interior permanent secretary Wiboon Sanguanpong said that all elements of the project were ready to go, including staffing and finance, but they were still awaiting approval from the director-general of the Treasury Department for construction to begin.

Mr Wiboon said the pilot waste-to-energy project was planned on a 400-rai block of land (640,000 square metres) in Mahaphram sub-district of Bang Ban district in Ayutthaya province. The land is under the jurisdiction of the Treasury Department.

Ayutthaya to relocate huge garbage pile

Around 400,000 tonnes of putrid garbage rotting in a dump managed by Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya municipality will be shifted to a new large landfill site within a year.

Management of the rapidly accumulating heap of refuse in the municipality is an urgent project that must be addressed, provincial governor Wittaya Piewpong said on Wednesday.

He said Ayutthaya was among the top 10 provinces with the highest amount of garbage in the country.

Hanoi suffers from lacklustre waste management

Speaking at a meeting on waste water treatment last week, Nghi also suggested increasing the fine for environmental violations, arguing the city's pollution levels were caused by a lack of awareness.

Environment pollution and waste water have greatly hindered sustainable development in the capital, according to a report by the Ha Noi's People's Committee unveiled at the meeting.

The report said huge volumes of waste, measuring about 6,500 tonnes per day, were pushing up the price of waste collection and transport to landfill and recycling plants located outside the city.

Factories face waste check

All factories will be required to register with the Industrial Works Department within two months in a move by the Industry Ministry to track how factories manage their industrial waste.

Deputy director-general Seri Atipatta said, starting today, the department will send officials to check garbage management systems and compile a database.

"Our department is going to check all factories in Thailand within two months," Mr Seri told a seminar co-hosted yesterday by Chulalongkorn University's social research institute on the Praeksa model.

Pollution control body asks civic bodies to set aside 25% of their budget for waste treatment

To ensure that civic bodies in the state adhere to the 2015 deadline set by the Bombay High Court to set up functional solid waste treatment and processing facilities, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has written to all municipal corporations and councils, including the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), asking them to set aside 25 per cent of their budget for this purpose.

Less than a year for the deadline to lapse, only seven local bodies in the state have submitted an action plan for setting up a solid waste treatment and processing plant to the MPCB up to April.