Educational weeks on waste management completed









Photo: Back row f.l. : Kamran Rousta, project manager, Mr. Nuon Samnavuth, Cambodia, Mr. Nattawat Srisangval, Thailand,  Mr. Tes Norearith, Cambodia,  Mr. Sisouk Thoratha, Laos, Mr. Pissadarn Saenchat, Thailand,  Mr. Phounpaseuth  Akhavongsa, Laos. Front row: Ms. Vo Thanh Huynh Anh, Vietnam, Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Men, Vietnam.

Two officials each from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia have passed the course and carried out study visits in Boras about waste management and collaborative form “Waste Recovery - International Partnership”. For four weeks the group has participated in lectures and discussions with the aim to see how to develop and improve waste management systems used in their own hometowns.

Specific ideas have emerged and on last Friday it was time to return home to begin implementing them. The participants from Vietnam see opportunities to initially start looking at waste sorting and logistics of waste. The participants from Thailand want to start reducing waste at source, disposal, biogas production, logistics and fees for waste removal. The objective in the long term is to get away from landfill of waste which is now a heavily increasing problem in the cities that are growing very rapidly. They already have waste management systems in the four cities, but they do not work fully.
In Borås, the participants have made study visits to the waste treatment facility Sobacken, CHP plant, Navet, a technical theme institute for schools, SP Swedish Technical Research Institute, the recycling company Stena Metall and public recycling stations. From this, they have been able to come up with ideas on how to develop waste and recycling systems based on the situation in their hometowns, based on their own data, culture and systems, explains Kamran Rousta who is the project manager of the part of the Mekong Project that is carried out in Borås.

How will you implement your ideas in your home cities?

-It will require both legislation and economical incentives to motivate the sorting at source, in the homes for example, says Mr. Nuon Samnavuth from Cambodia.
The group will continue the studies, but then in the home region Mekong. During the training, they will visit each other's hometowns and discuss opportunities and possibilities related to waste management.

Also read previous news about the Mekong project from 2011-12-20: New co-operation in resource recovery in Southeast Asia launched