Burn Baby Burn

Garbage dump in Pua, North Thailand

It is almost end February 2018 and to prevent a smoggy burning season in the mountains last week was announced by the village speakers here in Pua that starting from this week burning will not be allowed anymore. This is directed to the farmers who are blamed for all the smog in the mountains of North Thailand.

But I think there are a few other problems. What do you think that happens with your garbage? Well at least here in Nan province (and I assume at most places nationwide) the garbage that really nobody wants anymore is dumped in big holes somewhere at the outskirts of villages. And yes you guessed it correct ... when the hole is full they burn it! Now this garbage contains a lot of plastic.  And I assume only here in Nan province will be many, many of these garbage holes that are set on fire at least once a month. This waste management worked fine when the number of people were smaller and the people did not waste so much plastic. But times and people have changed. Maybe it would be time for an environmentally friendly waste management?

Of course there could be some other things involved with the smoggy season ... like all the diesel cars driving in Thailand. Many old and very polluting the air. Or for Nan province the coal power plant (80% Thai owned) in Hongsa, Laos could also play a part in the air pollution.  But no, easier to blame the farmers.

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