EEC to go ahead with sustainable waste management

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BANGKOK – A meeting of the Eastern Economic Corridor Policy Committee (EECPC) has looked into the progress of development projects in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and is to press on with its sustainable waste management project.

The EECPC Secretary-General, Kanit Sangsubhan, said today the EECPC meeting, chaired by Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, acknowledged the progress of various development projects in the EEC, such as the high-speed train route linking three major airports of Thailand. The meeting also approved a plan to transfer land titles and relocate public utilities. Relevant agencies are to submit their budget proposals for consideration by January next year.

The EECPC meeting considered ways to manage waste in the EEC in a sustainable way. The quantity of waste is expected to increase from 4,200 tons per day in 2018 to 6,800 tons per day in 2037. Tons of waste is currently going into landfill, which causes environmental pollution. The EEC has to find 1.66 rai of land for garbage disposal each day. The sustainable waste management project is to cover the three EEC provinces of Chachoengsao, Chon Buri and Rayong. The region will be able to handle 6,000 tons of waste a day and generate 120 megawatts of electricity. The project is expected to dispose of 5.57 million tons of accumulated waste in the EEC over 12 years.

The EECPC meeting instructed relevant units to come up with a plan to dispose of land and marine waste in the EEC in a sustainable way within three months. PTT Public Company Limited and Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited (GPSC) will lead the project, and the Ministry of Energy will consider buying electricity from waste-to-energy plants in the EEC.

The meeting also approved 14 EEC public health projects, such as establishing a hospital network and managing medical services. The EECPC agreed to set up two working bodies to follow up on the high-speed train route linking Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao airports. They will oversee related contracts and project management.

The EECPC has approved a human resource development plan, where the private sector can fully or partially finance their activities. The plan aims to identify and employ 475,793 workers in 10 industrial sectors.