'Clean provinces' win awards from ministry

'Clean provinces' win awards from ministry

The Ministry of Interior yesterday announced clean provinces awards given to winning provinces for their successful waste management at the national level.

Permanent secretary for the Interior Chatchai Phromlert said the government had assigned the ministry to be the main government organisation in tackling the country's waste problems.

Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda understood this problem and had set waste management as an important task for the ministry, said Mr Chatchai.

He said the ministry had launched the "clean provinces" operational plan and instructed all provincial governors to oversee waste management by local administrative organisations in their provinces.

The plan urges people and communities to follow the principle of "3Rs" when it comes to waste management and separating waste at the source. The 3Rs stands for Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

The permanent secretary said the Department of Local Administration had asked all provincial governors to arrange the clean provinces awards at provincial and national levels with the main objective being to follow up on and evaluate community waste management last year.

In the group of large provinces, the winner is Udon Thani. Lop Buri is the first runner-up and Chaiyaphum the second runner-up. The honourable mention awards go to Ubon Ratchathani and Si Sa Ket.

Loei wins the first-place award in the group of middle-sized provinces. Chanthaburi and Yasothon are the first- and second runners-up respectively. Phichit and Phitsanulok are honorable mentions.

Among small provinces, the winner is Lamphun. The first runner-up is Ang Thong and the second runner-up Bung Kan. Honourable mentions are Sing Buri and Uthai Thani.

The department will organise the award presentation ceremony in September 2020 at the Royal Thai Army Club in Bangkok.

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