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HIGHLIGHT I Dialogue Forum 7: Thailand’s Hazardous Waste Situation and Efforts to Clear the “World’s Trash Bin”

The monthly policy forum to “bridge the gap” and “connect the dots” of different views and information to create one big picture for better understanding and decision-making in the society

In recent years, developments both inside and outside the country have prompted the country’s hazardous waste management to increasingly shoulder the burden as the waste has surged and scattered in a number of areas, especially where is designated as part of the Eastern Economic Corridor, the government’s grand industrial plan to gear the country towards the modern development of Thailand 4.0.

For instance, China has over the past few years closed the doors against imports of some waste for recycling in the country, resulting in the shift of the imports to other countries in Asia including Thailand despite the international agreement of Basel Convention to regulate transboundary waste transportation in place.

Recycling factories and landfills here have expanded from hundreds to thousands accordingly to take contaminated equipment imported and e-waste, whereas rules and regulations in place are too weak to cope with such the expansion, not yet to mention a number of existing factories which have already caused the environmental problems that are still unresolved.

The government’s economic development policies, meanwhile, have apparently exacerbated the situation as more and more economic activities are being promoted beyond the waste management capacity. At the same time, some of the state regulations have been loosened to facilitate such the development, which in turn have undermined the waste management further.

How Thailand can escape from the impacts of untidy hazardous waste management and contamination which is critically harmful to public health and the environment, and how it can elude the dubbed world’s trash bin is a challenging topic worth critical public discussions.

The Dialogue Forum recently invited the public to explore the sustainable path for the country’s hazardous waste management in this challenging time at Dialogue Forum 7: Thailand’s Hazardous Waste Situation and Efforts to Clear the “World’s Trash Bin.

Here is the highlight of the forum.