Thai style recycling



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An article written by Shabbir Gheewala published in Waste Management World.

Like other developing countries in Asia, Thailand is facing severe problems in the sphere of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) management. In 2009, the volume of waste being generated in Thailand reached about 15.1 million tonnes – approximately 41,410 tonnes per day. Of this only approximately 3.3 million tonnes, or 22% were separated and sent to recycling centres, a rather small fraction as compared to the total amount of garbage produced. More than 20% of the MSW generated in the country is from Bangkok Metropolitan Area (BMA). In addition, there is the potential for an annual increase of 200,000 tonnes, resulting from a combination of factors including population growth, economic growth and tourism.


Before the 1990s, most of the waste collected from urban areas in Thailand was dumped in open areas. However, since then there has been a gradual improvement in waste disposal practices from open dumping to sanitary landfilling. And since then, recycling has become the second most common method of MSW management method in Thailand. At a community level, recycling offers local communities the potential to generate income, while diverting materials away from landfills.

Read the article in Waste Management World


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