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Title: Economic growth and selection of municipal waste treatment options in Bangkok
Authors: Shigefumi Okumura
Tomohiro Tasaki
Yuichi Moriguchi
Wassana Jangprajak
University of Tokyo
National Institute for Environmental Studies of Japan
Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University
Keywords: Engineering;Environmental Science
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2017
Citation: Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management. Vol.19, No.2 (2017), 718-730
Abstract: © 2016, Springer Japan. A reasonable selection of waste treatment options is indispensable to address challenges in waste management. Introduction of incineration plants for municipal waste in Bangkok had been considered in the past, but each time it was dismissed. In 2013, however, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) decided to introduce an incinerator facility with electricity generation. This study examined how changes in socio-economic factors resulting from economic growth affected the BMA’s decision. First, we conducted interviews of key relevant stakeholders (policymakers and other experts) to determine what kinds of changes in socio-economic factors affected their decision. Then, for interpretation and confirmation of the results from interview, we quantitatively estimated changes in environmental factors (e.g., greenhouse gas emissions), financial factors (e.g., construction and operating costs), and social factors (e.g., employment) in 1990, 2000, and 2012. Based on the result of interview and quantitative analysis, we illustrated the complicated structure of the mechanism of how economic growth affected the selection of waste treatment options in Bangkok, particularly those that led to the selection of the incineration. In addition to local conditions, global economic also affected the waste treatment policy in Bangkok even though waste management is usually thought of as a local issue.
ISSN: 16118227
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2016-2017

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