Bangkok Port: New Online System for Better Ship Waste Management

Country: Thailand
key Area: Ports & Fisheries
City: Bangkok Port
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Bangkok, 1 September 2022 - Waste dumping into the oceans, How can we stop? Thailand is amongst the countries with the biggest amount of plastic waste leakage into the oceans worldwide. While most marine litter comes from land, marine activities such as increasing ship traffic also contribute to the increasing amounts of litter in the ocean for example through illegal dumping. In the past two years, the Port Authority of Thailand and the project “Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter” project, funded by the European Union and the German Government and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Expertise France, took steps forward to implement solutions against illegal ship waste discharge by improving the ship waste management system at Bangkok Port. The pilot activity implementation in Bangkok Port also included Chula Unisearch, Energy Research Institute of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) and 1st Biz Solution company limited.

Together, the partners assessed waste management regulations and services in the port and designed and implemented an online Ship Waste Notification and Management System (WNMS). It requires ships to notify the amounts of waste transported by the ship calling the port before arrival, facilitating waste handling and inspection procedures at the port and also improving waste data collection under supervision of the port. On 1st September, the partners publicly presented the new online system and other results during the Closing Ceremony of their joint activities at Sala Thai Ballroom, 5th Floor, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park and Bangkok Port. The event gathered more than 60 participants from respective sectors, interested in solutions for a better Ship Waste Management. 

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Opening the event, ‘Mr. Paolo Zingale from the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand summarized: “It is essential that ships and fishing vessels are able to deliver their waste and cargo residues to port reception facilities instead of dumping them illegally into the sea, where they affect the marine environment. Improved waste management regulations and services in ports, as well as information and training of staff and ships can make a difference to reduce marine litter. In European Union we have introduced several directives with significant effects: the volume of waste delivered to ports increased while its illegal dumping was reduced significantly. I am glad that we worked with an experienced and motivated partner and an important port in Thailand to learn from these experiences and to improve analogue processes and digital tools.”

Within 18 months, the partners developed the WNMS, which was integrated into the existing e-Port platform and is already in use after staff and shipping agents were trained. Via computer, tablet or mobile device ships contact the port before their arrival to communicate which type and how much waste they would like to dispose of and get an online certificate to prove waste disposal. This process saves time and costs for everyone involved.

Moreover, the Ship Waste Management Manual, which describes in detail all aspects of the waste handling and collection system was revised and updated to ensure clear processes and responsibilities. This manual serves as a guide for all vessels and their crew calling at Bangkok Port, ship agents, waste contractors and other service providers, which are all involved in the management of ship waste in Bangkok Port. In addition, the Cost Recovery System (CRS), which ensures that ships pay for waste-related services, was assessed to ensure clear processes.

Mr. Thamsin Sribangpleenoi, Deputy Managing Director, Bangkok Port raised the beneficial aspect of the online system in the welcoming speech: “Adopting the information technology in ship waste notification forms delivery receipts system development facilitates users to receive services quickly and helps collect information of the amount of ship waste each year. It also reduces illegal ship waste dumping into the ocean in ​​the Port Authority of Thailand area.”

Dr. Jakapong Pongthanaisawan, coordinator of the pilot activities from Chulanlongkorn University added: “We had a good cooperation among all the relevant stakeholders in the last months and could provide training and experiences of the pilot project to shipping agencies and other major Thai ports”.

After the closing ceremony, the participants of the event had the opportunity to a site-visit of the vicinity of Bangkok Port to learn more about the Ship Waste Management and Bangkok Port.


Save the date, 27 September: Rethinking Plastics Regional Closing Event

Country: All Countries
  • Save-the-Date_Rethinking_Plastics_online.pdf
  • Invitation_and_Agenda_Rethinking_Plastics_Closing_online_2309.pdf
  • Invitation_and_Agenda_Rethinking_Plastics_Closing_onsite_2309.pdf
  • Map_of_the_conference_day.pdf
  • key Area: Ports & Fisheries, Consumption & Production, Waste Management, Green Public Procurement, Circular Economy, Awareness Raising
    City: Bangkok and online
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    Ready for the journey? Only together can we navigate towards a future free from plastic pollution. On 27 September 2022, Rethinking Plastics warmly invites interested participants to attend the hybrid regional project closing event and join us on a journey along solutions, lessons learnt and results to reduce and prevent marine plastic litter now and in future. 

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    Expect views and voices, inspiration, ideas and innovative approaches. The project, its pilots and partners will share insights from the joint work along the plastic value chain, across seven countries and two continents in the past 3,5 years.

    We are looking forward to exchanging with you about your experiences as well as current trends and concrete next steps towards a circular economy for plastics. 

    You are welcome to attend in-person if you are in Bangkok for the full day or can register for online participation in the afternoon. 

    Please register to attend here:

    The in-person event will be organised between 09:00 and 16:00h Bangkok. The online event will take place from 13.00 to 16.00h (Bangkok, Jakarta, Hanoi), 14.00 to 17.00h (Beijing, Manila), 8.00 to 11.00h (CET). 

    Direct Link to online meeting.

    We look forward to meeting you again!

    Take a look: Wasteless Wednesdays Session 3

    Country: All Countries
  • General_presentation.pdf
  • China_Qingdao.pdf
  • China_Reusables_of_plastic_packaging.pdf
  • Indonesia_GIDKP.pdf
  • Philippines_PCEPSDI.pdf
  • Graphic_Recording_-_22_June_2022.pdf
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    key Area: Consumption & Production, Circular Economy, Awareness Raising
    Related item: Less Plastic Packaging in Deliveries, Less Plastic Waste in Indonesian Markets, Promoting Environmentally Friendly Containers, Promoting Innovative and Sustainable Packaging
    City: Online
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    How do we succeed in promoting alternatives to single-use plastics in (super)markets, express delivery and logistics?


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    Our third 'Wasteless Wednesdays' session on 22 June took a closer look and focussed on the prevention of single-use plastics by promoting more sustainable alternatives. The answers and solutions that were presented include eco-labelling for packaging, reusable boxes in express delivery and containers for fruit and vegetables as well as learnings from replacing plastic bags and alternative packaging in traditional markets. Our expert from IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute also shared her observations and a regional outlook. 

    The following pilot projects shared their experiences in session 3: 

    • Philippines: Ecolabelling for more sustainable packaging design and testing in supermarkets by Kim Castillo, Project Assistant, Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development (PCEPSDI) 
    • China: Switching from plastic bags to reusable boxes in express delivery by Mr. Duan Huabo, Associate Professor, Shenzhen University 
    • China: Reusable containers in fruit and vegetable trade in West Coast New District by Ms. Wang Guixin, Director, Qingdao Junshengmingshi Logistics Packaging Institute 
    • Indonesia: Reducing plastic bags in traditional markets by Tiza Mafira, Executive Director, The Indonesian Plastic Bag Diet Movement (GIDKP) 
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    Please find the presentations below and you are welcome to watch the recording of the session. 

    More animation needed? Please find our graphic recording video here. 

    Curious? Wasteless Wednesdays Session 4

    Country: All Countries
  • Indonesia_BINTARI.pdf
  • Philippines_CPU.pdf
  • Rethinking_Plastics.pdf
  • Vietnam_IRD.pdf
  • China_CACE.pdf
  • Graphic_Recording_2906.pdf
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    key Area: Waste Management, Circular Economy
    Related item: A Better Collection of Drinking Bottles, Enhancing Plastic Packaging Collection, Sorting and Recycling, Partnership for Plastic Waste Recycling, Reduction of Plastic Waste in Iloilo City
    City: Online
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    The fourth session of the “Wasteless Wednesdays” series on 29 June shone a light on the topic “Enhancing local waste management and exploring options for EPR for packaging”. 

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    It looked at four of the “Rethinking Plastics” pilot projects with a scope on improving waste management systems and possibly contributing to the introduction of an EPR scheme. The selected approaches of the implementing partners vary from digital solutions and the collaboration with the informal sector to the improvement of collection and sorting procedures through innovation and partnerships.

    Speakers included:

    • Moh Nurhadi, Knowledge & Business Development Mangaer, BINTARI Foundation, Indonesia
    • Mary´O Penetrante, Director, Central Philippine University (CUPU) Research Center, Philippines
    • Ma Jinjin, Director of the International Cooperation Department, China Association of Circular Economy (CACE), China
    • Fanny Quertamp, Expertise France, Rethinking Plastics project team, Vietnam
    • Christophe Pautrat, COO, Landbell Group
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    Please find the presentations below and you are welcome to watch the recording of the session. 

    More animation needed? Please find our graphic recording video here. 

    Recap: Wasteless Wednesdays Session 2

    Country: All Countries
  • 1_CHANGE.pdf
  • 2_RARE.pdf
  • 3_Delterra.pdf
  • 4_Fishing_for_Litter_China.pdf
  • Graphic_Recording_Results_document_-_15_June_2022.pdf
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    key Area: Ports & Fisheries, Consumption & Production, Waste Management, Circular Economy, Awareness Raising
    Related item: Fishing for Litter in Hainan
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    The second session of our Wasteless Wednesdays Series on 15 June covered the exciting question 'From Raising Awareness to Changing Behaviour - How to Encourage Citizens to join the Circular Economy for Plastics' - in collaboration with the PREVENT Waste Alliance. Find here all presentations and the recording of the session.

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    Video 1 Description: Session 2 Recording
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    Many circular economy solutions, such as recycling, reuse and refurbishment schemes, will only be successful if people, but also all other stakeholders along the plastic value chain are aware of why a shift to a circular economy is needed and change their behaviour accordingly The second session of our 'Wasteless Wednesdays" series - this time in collaboration with the PREVENT Waste Alliance - built the bridge between successful awareness campaigns and the different levers of behaviour change that will help you develop even more effective approaches to encourage stakeholders from to participate in a circular economy for plastics. Participants learned about successful campaigning and why behaviour change approaches pay off in terms of programmatic and financial results and had the opportunity to interact with experts and practitioners from:

    • Nhi Thoi, CHANGE Vietnam: Plastic Beast Campaign
    • Sam Gray, Rare's Center for Behavior & the Environment: Expanding the behavior change toolkit for promoting a circular economy
    • Alina Gabdrakhmanova, Delterra: The Return on Investment of Spreading the Recycling Habit
    • Zhou Yanwen, GIZ China: Reducing Marine Litter through the Fishing-for-Litter Scheme


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    Please find the presentations below and you are welcome to watch the recording of the session. 

    More animation needed? Please find our graphic recording video here