Speaking of “Model,” you may simply think of it as some sort of exemplars or tangible prototypes created to be a model. But, the “Bang Sue Model” isn’t a product prototype made in Bang Sue district but a modest starting point initiated at Bang Sue with the hope for a better environment and an approach that everyone can apply in everyday life. What is Bang Sue Model then? We have an answer for you.
Bang Sue Model is a waste management project based on the circular economy principles which was initiated within SCG headquarters at Bang Sue. The mission is to circulate waste back into the closed-loop system of make-use-return model with a simple approach of separating valuable and reusable items and feeding them back into the production stream or recycling them into a new product. Non-reusable waste will be properly eliminated, of which food scraps will be turned into fertilizers or fuel and hazardous waste to be appropriately managed and dispose of by specialists.
Effective waste management practices can be achieved with appropriate education, waste segregation, and proper disposal. SCG has educated and engaged employees to be a role model in waste management, aligning with SCG Circular Way to ensure sustainable co-existence between humans and the world. It also cultivates the concept of the circular economy to employees through everyday activities that can apply in daily life.
1. Resource Maximization
Many items in our daily life can be reused multiple times. These items include reusable food containers, personal tumblers for coffee or drink, reusable stainless-steel straws, reusable paper bags, and reusable plastic bags or shared items.
2. Correct Sorting
Waste sorting by material types i.e., glass bottle, plastic bottle, paper, food scrap, will make waste management more manageable. A little extra effort with waste sorting can make a difference in waste management practice.
3. Proper disposal
Apart from correct sorting, proper disposal is key to effective waste management. The waste must be sorted by material type in six bins as follows :
- Gray: Food scraps, liquids, fruit peels that can decompose.
- Blue: Paper stained with food, tissue paper, milk cartons, bamboo chopsticks.
- Green: Plastic materials and styrofoam containers that have been cleaned and are not stained with food.
- White: PET bottles, as they are easy to recycle.
- Yellow: Metal and glass containers, such as beverage cans and bottles.
- Red: Hazardous waste that must be processed or disposed of by experts, such as aerosol spray cans, batteries, and light bulbs.
4. Circulating to Maximize Its Value
Recycling is a way to maximize and re-value the properly sorted wastes and bring them to life. For example, SCG canteen provides a bin specifically for food scraps where the organic waste collected daily will be converted into waste-based soil improvement substances or fertilizers used for growing trees at SCG Headquarters. The cement bags were upcycled to be a chic bag.
“Bang Sue Model” was initiated at SCG Headquarters and has been extended to communities in Bang Sue district. SCG has encouraged green habit adoption in the community e.g. market vendors under the bridge area, Thammapirataram temple, Bang Sue communities, Ratchananthachan Samsen Witthayalai 2 School. The model will be further practiced to 4 more schools in Bang Sue district. The model is also introduced to MRT Bang Sue station where the station is transformed into a venue to promote the concept of “Resource Maximization, Correct Sorting, and Proper Disposal” for MRT train commuters. The station also provides drop-off points for recyclable waste such as plastic bag, plastic cap to improve recycling. Furthermore, Bang Sue Model is implemented in the communities surrounding the SCG plants or the project known as “Community Like Waste” which incorporate the concept of SCG Circular Way to communities by a collaborative effort from home, temple, school and waste bank. The digital application “KoomKah” is used to assist efficient waste management.
Despite Bang Sue Model being launched within the company, it is a great start that to help lay a solid foundation built upon circular economy. The model can be further expanded towards the society while inspiring people and developing participation. Circular Economy cannot be achieved by an individual acting alone but everyone’s collective effort. All sectors must come together to address environmental issues and the resource scarcity which have become an imminent crisis, and make a world a better place.
Have you started maximizing resource, correctly sorting waste, properly disposing of waste and circulating to maximize its value?
If not, let’s start together.