From waste segregation and recycling to waste to energy, high school students in Thailand are taking action in innovation, supported by the Thailand National Innovation Agency (NIA) and the Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC). STEAM Platform is honored to be a partner in supporting strategic communication and internationalization. We feature exciting solutions in waste management for schools and Thailand conceptualized and developed by five passionate and innovative youth teams.
GarbageMan - AI-enabled waste separation device to train users on segregating waste in the right bin produced by the HeavyCrazyWaste Team constituted by
Sukpinit Saijuang (Pae), Panuwat Promprung (New), Suttiphat Rakrapjarean (Max) from Ban Phai School in Khon Kaen region.
The Heavycrazywaste team produced the GarbageMan, an AI-enabled auto-waste segregation bin system that trains consumers on how to separate waste for recycling and provides rewards through an application.
The team uses machine learning to train the AI by collecting data sets on various types of waste in their neighborhood. When the user takes the trash to the GarbageMan bin, its camera captures the image, its AI processes the image, the result will be sent to the motor control through the Open-Close tray, and the trash will be allowed to fall into the right bin. The system is coupled with an application for users to record profiles and collect points (to redeem awards) for its recycling efforts. The team demonstrated the system has an accuracy of 90%.
Breagtrapp- A compact system that collects and sterilizes used masks, separates the metallic wire of masks, and packs for producing Reuse-derived fuel (RDF). This was conceptualized, built, and tested by a team called GraceBudPimPond led by Sirapatr Chaovaritt (Pim) from Bodindecha (Sing Singhaseni) School, Bangkok.
The team wanted to solve the problem of a massive number of used and littering masks in the environment during the covid-19 pandemic period. RDF facilities refuse to use used masks due to the metal wire present in the masks. This team of high school students decided to build such a system to keep both people and the environment healthy while simultaneously enabling waste into energy.
ThermoElectricGenerator (TEG) System - A team called SavetheWorld, consisting of 3 students (Wuthichat Youngpakul, Ittikorn Jiewrubporn, Nalinrat Kanchanakittichai) from Bodindecha (Sing Singhaseni) 2 School, Bangkok has built a Thermoelectric Generator (TEG) system including a cooler and battery and demonstrated its working performance in a small local waste incinerator for waste to energy
RideCycle- A mobile Application platform to support the recycling of Packaging Waste from Food Delivery and E-commerce
A team of four high school students (Nattapol Yuroong, Akaruch Duangbubpha, Tinnapat Sittisuwan, Yuth Kanjanaprayut) from Samsen Wittayalai School in Bangkok conceptualized a mobile application for riders to collect recyclable plastics and cardboard boxes and provide drop-off locations for recyclables through partnerships.
To further add value to the waste, the team proposed to design and produce cat toys with used cardboard boxes, using its App to connect different stakeholders and "circulate waste" and give 2nd life to waste. This purpose is to reduce waste being disposed of in the environment and offer fun toys to make cats and cat owners happy. The App also allows riders to collect plastic waste and obtain extra income by selling recyclable waste.
Taoyaa (cute waste)
- is a mobile application for household waste management created and tested by the Bajaangs team who are three girls, namely
and Ratifah Rangsinthurat(Mink)
from Kajonkietsuksa School, Phuket. The team care about the environment, love their families and communities
Taoyaa performs as an online marketplace for households, waste collectors, and recyclers. The team spent six months conducting field surveys on 50 individuals in Koh Kaew Town of Phuket to understand gaps in the flow of waste from generation and collection to disposal/recycling. The team adopted the Build-Measure-Learn Feedback Loop approach to evaluate and validate its mobile application with users. This App aims to reduce household waste and improve recycling (up by 30%) and increase the income for the recyclable collectors.
The Bajaangs team has reached out to the Governor of Phuket to support the scaling up of this App to other districts in Phuket. It has also attracted interest from international organizations and corporations to partner to improve waste management in Phuket and change the mindset from waste to value.
The team has expanded the App to a platform connecting waste generators, collectors, recyclers, and product producers. Users can call collectors to collect their waste and sell it to the recycling shops. Recycled materials are used to produce eco-products for tourists and residents in Phuket and elsewhere. Our platform provides a store function that sells eco-friendly products to users.
Through the Taoyaa platform, local people can generate more income and expand waste-related businesses, improving the livelihood of waste collectors and recyclers, who are the critical workforce in the circular economy of Phuket.