AMATA Industrial Estates in Thailand have over 1,100 factories with over 260,000 employees, generating massive amounts of waste and industrial waste each year. If the factories fail to comply with laws in solid waste and industrial waste management, they could cause negative impacts on the health of waste workers, the environment, and nearby communities in both the short and long term. Additionally, it could potentially affect the Company's ability to obtain future expansion licenses.
Efficient waste management and value addition to waste using circular economy principles provide a business opportunity for the Company to develop new products and services that lower its costs, increase revenue, build stakeholder confidence, be recognized by the local community, and also support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from landfills.
As a result, a waste management policy has been established to minimize the environmental impact that may occur from the business within the industrial estate through proper and legal waste management, environmental standards, and academic principles, as well as to encourage factories in industrial estates to recycle and reuse, as well as to bring innovation and modern technology to their benefit in order to reduce the occurrence of solid waste and industrial waste. The Company is only responsible for solid waste and non-hazardous industrial waste, while hazardous waste is managed by factory operators under the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand Act (B.E. 2522, 1979), the Factory Act (B.E. 2535, 1992), and the Public Health Act (B.E. 2535, 1992).
The Company assigned its subsidiary, AMATA Facility Services Co., Ltd. (AFS), to handle the waste management of factories in both industrial estates in Thailand in accordance with the relevant laws under the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand Act, B.E.2522 (1979), the Factory Act, B.E.2535 (1992), and the Public Health Act, B.E.2535 (1992), The Company’s solid waste management service is now used by 567 factories in AMATA City Chonburi Industrial Estate and 248 factories in AMATA City Rayong Industrial Estate, representing 83.14% and 66.31% of total factories in each industrial estate, respectively, up from 2021.
The Company then set the target of reducing solid waste to landfills as much as possible by using the circular economy concept, which aims to achieve zero waste to landfill. The Company has implemented this concept to its waste management services, which are waste collecting, sorting, and disposing of solid waste in AMATA City Chonburi Industrial Estate since 2011, and it is preparing to expand its operations to AMATA City Rayong Industrial Estate.
The solid waste separation process at the waste separation plant is operated by the Company’s contractors according to the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) principle. The sorted solid waste was sent out and disposed of by various methods by skilled and licensed contractors. Moreover, the Company encouraged the factories to sort and classify their solid waste before sending it to the waste separation plant. The Company then received better quality waste for RDF production and waste recycling and minimized the amount of non-usable waste to be disposed of by landfill.