Thailand: toxic waste contamination during rainy season

The Ministry of Public Health has warned the public about the dangers of toxic waste during the rainy season as poor garbage management could lead to contamination in natural water sources.

According to Public Health Minister Dr. Pradit Sinthawanarong, discarded electrical appliances and electronics are categorically the type of garbage that poses great risks to human health. The survey conducted in 2004 suggested that up to 400,000 tons of toxic garbage was produced each year and rising. This amount came from the household sector alone.

Dr. Pradit said the lower part of the Central Plains, including Bangkok, alone produced 18,000 tons of toxic waste in 2011. The accruement was due to poor garbage management, which he feared would lead to greater exposure to chemicals during the rainy season as they would be swept away and spread around by the rain.

The Minister stated that as a preventive measure against illnesses caused by toxic waste, people are encouraged to help reduce the amount of toxic garbage in their houses and refrain from purchasing a large quantity of products containing dangerous chemicals. The release of toxic chemicals into water sources or public spaces must be avoided while garbage separation should be developed in every home as a habit.

(Source: NNT)


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