GC’s ‘Send Plastic Home’ pilot project Among one of many proactive partnerships
The COVID-19 crisis and the ensuing lockdown has had a huge impact on a large number of people in Thailand who are being forced to stay and work from home. This has increased the daily amount of waste from plastic food packaging from online food deliveries by 15% (from 5,500 tons/day to 6,300 tons/day).
PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, or GC, has consistently recognized the concerns over this issue. The company is Thailand’s first private company that pledged to come up with solutions through discussions with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Thailand Responsible Business Network (TRBN), and partners, to initiate the ‘Send Plastic Home’ pilot project, which aims to effectively retrieve waste from food deliveries. The project chose Sukhumvit Road as Thailand’s first “Circular Hotspot” to demonstrate how public utilization can support a circular economy, and also show how the rehabilitation process can take place during the COVID-19 crisis. Important lessons can be drawn for the country and the ASEAN region.
As a leading global organization focused on sustainability and recognized for its efforts by the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), GC sees plastic waste generated by packaging for food delivery services as a crucial problem that must be urgently resolved in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. To take the initiative, GC will initiate Thailand’s pilot “Send Plastic Home” project to build social and environmental benefits that contribute to both the circular economy and national economy.
By adding new value to recycled waste based on GC’s management principles, GC will collaborate to build a mechanism that promotes proper waste sorting by establishing drop-off points with partners. We believe that waste management must start with everyone, by sorting and then cleaning plastic waste before it is discarded to make sure that it is properly recycled at the plant. The plastic waste can be transformed into fibers and several types of resin. Through this transformation process, plastic waste becomes ‘value-added’ and can be produced into a variety of recycled and upcycled products that go back into the hands of end consumers. This waste, if properly sorted, can boost incomes, enhance sanitation, and improve the well-being of those who make a living by collecting waste. Furthermore, it helps attract more people into the high-quality recycling business which can create further positive environmental impacts.
It’s important to note that plastic is an innovation that facilitates our everyday lives. During the COVID-19 crisis, plastic has been pivotal in providing support, convenience as well as being a protective material helping to reduce the risk of contracting germs and the coronavirus. After using plastic, it is only right to properly sort and recycle it to prevent increased levels of waste and a heavier burden on the world. The purpose of “sending plastic home,” therefore, is for plastic to be recycled and upcycled which reduces landfills and contributes to a more sustainable and circular economy.
The support that GC received from our network of partners and the participating organizations will ensure that Send Plastic Home is a successful pilot project which GC is pleased to continuously support and promote. We continue to take pride in being a Total Solutions Provider ready to stand side by side with the public sector and our partners to further implement this project to cover wider areas and drive the country towards an improved and comprehensive circular economy in the future.