Firms Given Deadline to Abide by Industrial Waste Disposal Law
18 May 2011
For a country that produces more than 3 million tons of industrial waste a year, Thailand is need of a waste management system that can insure that industrial waste is legally disposed of. Currently, Thailand only properly treats about 2 million tons of the industrial waste produced.
Thailand’s Ministry of Industry has announced a new target set to dispose of the country’s industrial waste by the end of August this year.
Along with the Department of Industrial Works (DIW), The Ministry of Industry has developed a global positioning system (GPS) that can follow the transport of industrial waste from the plants to the proper disposal sites. This system can provide a way to check if the waste is being disposed of legally.
There is potentially value to be found in recycling or reusing waste, which could serve to provide incentive for firms to dispose of their waste through legally sanctioned channels. Many types of hazardous waste can be transformed as an alternative fuel source, particularly for cement kilns which provide heat at a temperature high enough to prevent harmful emissions while incinerating waste.
In the past, Thailand faced a problem with illegal dumping of industrial waste in landfill sites without being correctly treated.
The DIW has a server installed in Chon Buri to enable the GPS system to function, with a backup server available at the Industrial Works Department in Bangkok.
The Ministry of Industry is also considering an amendment to the current law in order to develop industrial waste transport centers to collect and receive waste and lower the current waste transport costs. The centers would be given particular priority for areas where no waste disposal plants currently exist.
The Ministry of Industry plans to organize a meeting at the end of May for the committee for industrial waste management, in order to discuss adding plants to become part of the industrial waste management system. This system encompasses 15 types of plants that emit large amounts of industrial waste and are larger than 100 horsepower, such as paint, paper, ink, fertilizer, petroleum and chemical production plants. The committee released figures that show that over 45% of plants involved in the industrial waste management system dispose of waste in a legal fashion.