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Residents cash in on recycled bottles

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CHERNG TALAY: A joint project by the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor) and bottle-recycling company Bangkok Glass Co launched in January seems to have hit a snag, a Gazette investigation has found.

Since collection efforts have begun, the estimated 190-240 tons of glass waste that the OrBorTor was anticipating to collect from 7-Eleven shops and other businesses has shrunk to a volume of almost nothing.

When the Gazette checked into the project in March, the OrBorTor was dumping the bottles it had collected on a site beside its office, stating that once sufficient volume had built up, Bangkok Glass would transport it to its recycling facility in Bangkok.

As of Friday, this small pile remained uncollected, and much of the glass in the pile was of quality lower than required for recycling.

OrBorTor Vice-President Ma-an Sumraan explained his theory of the disappearing glass.

After the project was announced in late January, the OrBorTor set out to co-ordinate its collection effort with local hotels, shops, bars and property developments.

K. Ma-an said that they soon discovered that these companies’ lower-paid staff, such as maids, cooks, waitresses and security guards, were already collecting all the used bottles themselves and selling them to local buyers of recyclable materials.

Business owners opted to continue with this informal recycling method as a way for their staff to earn extra income, said K. Ma-an. As a result, no companies signed up to the OrBorTor program in Cherng Talay.

Despite the lower-than-expected volume coming from Cherng Talay, the glass recycling project is continuing throughout Phuket.

In the deal signed with all 16 of Phuket’s subdistricts, Bangkok Glass was offering to pay 70 satang per kilogram for the glass, and proceeds from the waste were intended to fund the development of schools on the island.

Currently, Bangkok Glass is transporting 50 tons a month on average from Phuket to its recycling center in Bangkok, using broker Kaew Na Ka to coordinate with the local authorities, said the company’s PR manager Pantida Wittayaparlert.

According to OrBorTor figures, Cherng Talay generates 950 tons of trash a month, with glass accounting for 20-25% of the weight. The fast-growing subdistrict’s garbage volume has nearly tripled over the past five years.

To follow the development of the glass-recycling scheme, click here and here.



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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