Guidelines for Waste Management in the Plastics Industry in Thailand

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Banterng Sriard
Charcrit Sritong
Theathanick Siriwoharn
Kanreutai Klangphahol


The objective of this research was to study the states and problems of waste minimization in Thailand’s plastics industry, and to apply the approach of waste management solution in the plastics industry in Thailand. This qualitative research employed structured interviews for data collection. There are eight key informants, consisting of a CEO, manager, business representative, academician, and expert who are specialized in thermoplastic injection molding machines. All of them were selected by using snowball sampling. The data collected from the interviews were analyzed, synthesized, and concluded. Based on the literature review on waste minimization methods employed in Thailand’s plastics industry and the interview results, four factors were derived: (1) production management, (2) loss reduction in the production system, (3) waste reduction in the production system, and (4) machine-operation behaviors.


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