Updated: Mar 30, 2022
In the covid era where everyone orders food delivery, many packaging is made from plastic. And most people choose to throw them away rather than keep them because they don't know what to do with them. But Send Plastic Home (https://www.facebook.com/sendplastichome ) has made a difference.
The Send Plastic Home started as a pilot project launched on Earth day ( 22 April 2020) during the Covid-19 pandemic when plastic packaging waste surged as a result of the growth of food delivery/take-ways and online shopping. Thailand Responsible Business Network (TRBN), led by its Director Pimpan Diskul na Ayudhya , started a small campaign to encourage people to be part of the solution by properly disposing of plastic waste caused by food delivery. Consumers are advised to separate and clean the plastic waste before placing in drop-off points supported by various partners in malls and office buildings in downtown Bangkok.
This project aims to cultivate their mindset and change consumer behavior of sorting waste at the source to reduce plastic pollution and improve recycling. Each drop-off location provides two bins for collecting two types of plastic: stretchy (plastic bags) and hard (plastic food box, coffee cup, water bottles). This project has built partnerships with different stakeholders and connected the plastics recycling value chain from drop-off points, collection & logistics, waste management companies, recyclers/recycled materials suppliers, to product producers (brand owners who supply new products made by recycled materials).
TRBN engages media partners to encourage people to leave their plastic waste at designated drop-off points. It partners with Kidkid (a social enterprise partner promoting eco products) who has developed an application (called Ecolife) to motivate people to recycle plastic and collect data analyzed by its academic partner.
Stretchy plastics are collected by TPBI, a leading packaging producer in Thailand through its WON project. For more information about WON initiative and updates, visit his facebook & his youtube channel , watch this video for a process of WON initiative
Hard plastics are collected and sorted by The Alternative Green Solution (TARF) which sends the recyclable plastics to recycling partners. The non-recyclable waste is used as fuel in cement kiln production.
Started as a waste management business, a subsidiary of Sakol Energy (SKE), N15 Technology has expanded its operation by setting up waste collection sites including a drive-through and drop-off bins at Bangchak petrol stations, drop-off points at The Street Ratchata Mall and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and accepting waste sent by post (discounted postage offered by Thailand Post). After waste is collected, N15 Technology separates/sorts waste into recyclables which are sold to recycling partners, and Refused-derived fuel (RDF)which is sold to SCG to fuel its cement production. N15 Technology has an annual production capacity of 80-100K tons.
Source: Plus Thairath N15 Technology
Source: Bangkok Post N15 Technology waste to energy practice