​​Development and Dissemination of Technical Guidelines for Plastics and Pellets Leakage Prevention from Factories and Informal Recycling Sector in the ASEAN

In-country Stakeholder Consultation cum Expert Review Workshop in Pattaya City

  25 July 2023
     Centara Hotel, Pattaya, Thailand
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The Waste and Resource Management (WaRM) Cluster of the AIT RRC.AP organised an In-country Stakeholder Consultation and Expert Review Workshop in collaboration with the Bureau of Natural Resources and Environment of Pattaya City, and School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD, AIT) on 25 July 2023 in Pattaya City. The hybrid workshop was organised as part of the activities of the ongoing project which aimed to harness the experiences, perspectives, roles, and expertise of formal and informal recyclers to support the development and dissemination of technical guidelines to prevent or reduce plastic and resin pellet leakage from factories and the informal recycling sector in the ASEAN.

The project was funded by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris (RKC-MPD) funded by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia. The technical consultation workshop was organised to review and receive inputs from stakeholders, including experts, policy makers, and informal recyclers, to the two draft documents developed by the project: 

  1. ​​Report on assessment of plastic leakage status in Pattaya City and 
  2. Technical guidance on preventing the leakage of plastic and plastic fragments from factories and informal recycling areas in Pattaya City. 

The workshop was attended by key national and regional experts from academia, government officers from the Bureau of Natural Resources and Environment, Pattaya City, waste recyclers, private consulting firms, and civil society organisations. The development and implementation of guidelines and industry best practices for plastic and resin pellet leakage prevention is necessary to minimise micro- and macro-plastic losses to the environment and serve as a good reference for developing preventative and remedial measures to prevent, clean up, and dispose of pellets where spillage occurs. The Asian Institute of Technology, Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (AIT RRC.AP) collaborates with partners in six ASEAN cities, including Manila and Iloilo (Philippines), Vientiane (Lao PDR), Pattaya and Nothaburi (Thailand), and Hanoi (Vietnam) to implement this project. ​