July 18, 2017: General Surasak Karnchanarat, the Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), along with the MNRE’s senior executives and representatives from the other organizations participating in public-private collaborative projects moved forward promoting a project called "The Public Unites to Segregate Hazardous Waste.” To promote the project, they did various activities such as collecting hazardous and electronic waste in communities, presenting information about the project, and demonstrating how to segregate hazardous waste. After that, General Surasak Karnchanarat and the delegates gave General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Prime Minister of Thailand, hazardous waste containers for the future public use of the waste disposal at Banchakarn Building 1 of the Government House.
The project, "The Public Unites to Segregate Hazardous Waste,” is one of the public-private collaborative projects which includes shopping malls, grocery stores, tall building groups, and housing developments. After the country generated 606,318 tons of waste nationally in 2016, it was found that the amount of waste is 2.57% higher than the previous year, the project is created. It aims at collecting harmful waste and electronic waste materials in order to raise the public’s accountability, create more convenient ways for people to segregate waste in their communities, and strengthen the collaboration in correct waste segregation from the beginning to the end of the process.
In order to make the most of the project, the given hazardous waste containers will be installed at grocery stores, tall building groups, housing departments, and leading department stores nationwide as a starting model for segregating hazardous waste in communities and correctly eliminating electronic waste onward.