Pracharat helps manage waste management in sustainable ways Rayong Province, Rayong Provincial Administration have joined hand with GPSC to create comprehensive waste management strategy with Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) technology.
The comprehensive waste management project in Rayong Province is the plan that Rayong Province, Rayong Provincial Administrative Organization (RY-PAO) and other 67 local authorities have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among the administrative organizations. The MoU aims to create the comprehensive waste management as the whole clusters to comply with the Ministry of Interior’s policy, which emphasizes on the effective waste management from the waste generation sources. Currently, Rayong Province has managed approximately 1,000 tons of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) by Solid Waste Integrated Disposal Center of Rayong. The received MSW will be treated by integrated processes including waste sorting process, soil amendment from organic waste process, and sanitary landfill system. Even though working on the integrated processes, the current waste management has been highly relied on labor that cannot operate effectively. It results to the large amount of waste back to the landfills.
RY-PAO and Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited (GPSC), the innovative power flagship of PTT Group, have signed the Rayong Waste Management Contract on January 27, 2017 in order to develop Rayong Waste to Energy Project (Project) and adopt an environment - friendly Waste to Energy technology for waste management in Rayong Province. The Project expects to solve waste management problems as well as to utilize waste to its utmost value such as converting waste to Refused Derived Fuel (RDF), recycles, or soil amendment. This is one of the policies to comply with the government’s campaign of “Zero Waste” under the “Pracharat” initiative, which aims to help reduce the number of waste; and create sustainable waste management method.
According to the Rayong’s comprehensive waste management with Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) technology, RY-PAO will gather MSW from the local administrative organizations and deliver approximate 500 tons per day of MSW to the Project, where the waste will be sorted and those useful waste would be used as the RDF. From the sorting process, around 30-40% of MSW can be converted to the RDF with calorific value around 3,500-4,000 kilocalories per kilogram. The RDF, then, shall be used as fuel for power generating in power plants or cement factories. As well, 30-35% of organic waste from the sorting process will be delivered to RY-PAO to be used up in agriculture purposes. The Project has been implemented since April 2018.
Dr. Toemchai Bunnag, President and Chief Executive Officer of GPSC, said (on July 4, 2018) that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha has witnessed the operation of the Project, which helps reduce the amount of waste to landfill and the environmental problem by bringing back the waste to be used up as fuel in the industrial sectors.
“The Project can be further developed to help reduce the waste problem in Rayong effectively. As the waste is rising in line with the rising economy, and the landfills is running out, this Project would be the master plan to deal with the rising amount of waste, particularly in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), where it is expected to sustainably boost Thai economy as a whole,” said Dr. Toemchai.
As a result, the Project will be recognized as the prototype of waste management and create value-added to the MSW at the same time. Thus, the collaboration between the RY-PAO and GPSC shall provide benefit of waste management to Rayong Province and their people as well as be the learning center for other local administrative organizations in the future.