Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste

Waste Solid Waste AIT, a cluster of academic buildings and residential colonies, generates a significant amount of waste. The waste flow loop of the institute is a linear one. Wastes …

Review and promotion of reduce reuse recycle (3R) practices for on-campus solid waste management

Background and Rationale:AIT, a cluster of academic buildings and residential colonies, generates a significant amount of waste. The waste flow loop of the institute is a linear one. Wastes generated are disposed in the collection bins spread across the campus, which is collected on a daily basis by Sodexo- the third party AIT facility management contractor. Thus collected waste is temporarily stored and then transported (twice a week) by the local Tha-Klong Municipality to the Integrated Waste Management Facility for energy recovery through Anaerobic Digestion (AD), refuse derived fuel (RDF), and as compost. Despite the capacity (excellence in knowledge and technology) and resources (enough waste quantity and land space), AIT succumb ignorance and an unfortunate lack of a visionary lead on the institutional waste recovery. The waste recovery activities are limited to segregation and sale of recyclables by some residents to the junk dealer as a part of "cash-for-trash" event, the Sodexo run cafeterias food waste sale as animal feed, and yard waste decaying in a pit. Therefore, there is a dire need to address the solid waste management issue at the institutional level, by demonstrating and encouraging the AIT population with doable 3R activities.