The Energy Research Institute of Chulalongkorn University, along with the deputy mayor of Hua Hin Municipality and local community members in Hua Hin, have met to discuss transforming garbage into electrical power. During the first meeting, participants focused on solving the problems of garbage being dumped in the area of Thab Tai Sub-District in Hua Hin. in negative environmental effects Amongst the garbage, only plastic is processed into oil, with other kinds of garbage remaining. This results in the neighboring areas.
For example, there have been reports of bad odours, the dangers of diseases and underground waste water caused by dumped garbage. During the meeting session, a participant talked about garbage problems in the area of Hua Na as garbage management is not systematised and the quantities increase daily. This issue requires holistic and more effective solutions, such as finding a safe area to dump garbage or building a site where all garbage can be processed similar to Singapore.
In response to the complaints made by Hua Hin locals, Mr. Techa Bunyachai, the head of specialists on garbage and waste management from the Energy Research Institute (Bangkok), said that the researchers from ERI had studied garbage problems in Thailand, and found that a biomass pyrolysis machine for solid waste could deal with a number of garbage issues effectively. This could be used to transform the garbage into electrical power. However local administrative offices were urged to find ways for systematic garbage and waste management by themselves. Using the machine alone cannot help solve the problem in the long run.
“Thanks to research projects and field studies by the ERI, we have launched a model garbage processing site which turns garbage into electricity. This model can ensure people that neighboring areas can be made safe,” said Mr. Techa. “We will soon ask private companies to invest and provide the management. Local people are welcome to inspect, study and suggest ways for garbage management.” Mr. Techa added that during his field trips in Austria, Turkey, Japan and Singapore, he had found that these countries had already built sites where garbage and waste could be transformed into household energy.