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Workshop on "Sustainability of Solid Waste Management in Thailand" 11 October 2010, Bangkok


Solid waste management has become a major environmental problem for many countries in Asia. Out of 12 billion tonnes of solid wastes produced globally and which includes 11 billion tonnes of industrial wastes and 1.6 billion tonnes of municipal solid wastes (MSW), approximately 4.4 billion tonnes are generated in Asia (out of which 790 million tonnes of MSW). About US$25 billions per year are spent on solid waste management activities in Asia.

The situation of solid waste management in most Asian countries has become a major issue due to a lack of appropriate and adapted techniques and technologies. The situation is worsening particularly in fast developing economies such as Thailand where amount of waste generation is increasing at a fast rate. Basic waste collection services are still lacking particularly in rural and remote locations and a large fraction of the solid waste stream is open dumped or at best landfilled.

To address the above issues, institutes from several countries in Asia are involved in a 21/2 years EU-FP7 funded project on Integrated Sustainable Solid Waste Management (ISSOWAMA). JGSEE represents Thailand while other Asian countries represented in the project include: India, Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, China and Cambodia.

One of the basic objectives of the project is to assess the existing situation of MSW management in selected Asian countries, including Thailand, using appropriate indicators and provide options for improvement based on the concept of sustainable integrated solid waste management.


The objective of this event is to provide stakeholders from the SWM sector with up-to-date information and knowledge on various aspects related to SWM in Thailand. Barriers and gaps related to solid waste management in Thailand as well as positive aspects will be highlighted and options for improvement debated via a panel discussion which will involve interactions between experts and stakeholders from the SWM sector.

Date and Venue
Monday 11 October 2010 President Building, 9th floor, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand


08.30 - 09.00


09.00 - 09.05

Welcome Address

Dr Shabbir H Gheewala
Associate Professor, JGSEE, Thailand

09.05 - 09.10��

Welcome Address

Asst Prof Dr Savitri Garivait
Environment Division Chair, JGSEE, Thailand

09.10 - 09.20 ��

Opening Address

Assoc Prof Dr Bundit Fungtammasan
Director, JGSEE, Thailand

09.20 - 09.50��

Overview of ISSOWAMA

Dr Sebastien Bonnet
Lecturer, JGSEE, Thailand

09.50 - 10.10 ��

Coffee break

10.10 - 10.50

Challenges of solid waste management in Thailand

Assoc Prof Dr Sirintornthep Towprayoon
Deputy Director, JGSEE, Thailand

10.50 - 11.30 ��

Technologies for municipal solid waste management in Thailand - Potentials and limitations

Dr Chart Chiemchaisri
Associate Professor, Kasetsart University, Thailand

11.30 - 12.00 � Open dumping and landfilling of municipal solid waste in Thailand - Impacts and potentials for improvement Dr Komsilp Wangyao
Researcher, JGSEE, Thailand

12.00 - 13.00 ��

Lunch Break

13.00 - 13.30�

Municipal solid waste-to-energy technologies - Environmental assessment

Dr Chalita Suwan
Lecturer, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand

13.30 - 14.00 ��

Sustainability assessment of existing municipal solid waste management in Nonthaburi

Ms Nirmala Menikpura
Researcher, JGSEE, Thailand

14.00 - 14.30 ��

Status and issues related to industrial solid waste management in Thailand

Dr Sirakarn Leungsakul
Department of Industrial Works, Thailand
14.30 - 15.00 �� Hazardous and industrial solid waste management inThailand - An overview Dr C. Visvanathan
Professor, AIT, Thailand

15.00 - 15.20

Coffee Break

15.20 - 16.20 ����

Panel discussion: Directions for improving municipal solid waste management in Thailand
- A stakeholder consultation

Chairperson: Dr Sirintornthep Towprayoon
Dr Sirakarn Leungsakul
Dr Chart Chiemchaisri
Dr Komsilp Wangyao
Dr Chalita Suwan
Prof C. Visvanathan
Dr Shabbir H Gheewala

16.20 - 16.30

Closure of the Workshop


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