Hazardous Waste Management
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Course Title

Training Course on Hazardous Waste Management


September 1-26, 2008

Background and Rational

Hazardous waste is likely to grow rapidly with a strong economy. As industrialization and development continue at a rapid pace and as populations increase, so do problems of pollution and waste generation that are associated with them. Hazardous waste has inherent problems of transport, treatment and disposal that distinguish it from other classes of waste and make it particularly difficult to manage. The range of waste that is considered hazardous is wide, from hazardous waste produced by households, including such items as batteries, light bulbs, spray cans and cleaning solvents that may be mixed in with municipal waste streams to heavy metals that generated from industrial activities.

Hazardous waste management has been an active area of study, research, training and teaching of the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies. The Faculty is concerned with all stakeholders: generators, transporters, and those involved with treatment and disposal. For these reasons the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies intends to organize a training program in Hazardous Waste Management. This program will provide an understanding of the principles underlining effective hazardous waste management from generation, to transport to treatment and finally disposal. Of course, there are situations where such management has not taken place and for this reason remediation technologies will also be examined. Also the lectures will cover the social and economics aspects of hazardous waste management. The course will rely on the expertise that the Faculty has gained through hands on research and also on the experience of Thailand over the last decade in tackling this issue. State of the art waste management techniques will be disseminated and the current challenges faced will also be debated. It is expected that this program based on practical experiences in Thailand will be of use to countries' participants in the future.

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  1. To introduce the concepts and principles of hazardous waste management
  2. To develop well-educated people who have basic knowledge concerning hazardous waste management with emphasis on treatment, disposal and remediation processes
  3. To share the practical knowledge and technology of chemical, physical and biological treatment of hazardous waste and experience from remediation technology
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Course Contents

Course Outline

  1. Hazardous Waste Management in Thailand: Government Perspective and Policy
  2. Hazardous Waste Management: Public Perspective, Public Participation and Public Awareness
  3. Laws and Regulations related to Industrial Waste and Hazardous Waste
  4. Physico-Chemical Processes of Hazardous Waste Treatment
  5. Thermal Process Treatment: Waste disposal in cement kiln
  6. Disposal of Hazardous Waste: Landfill, Secure Landfill
  7. Biological Processes of Hazardous Waste Treatment
  8. Infectious Waste Management
  9. Storage, Transportation and Emergency Response for Hazardous Waste/Substance
  10. Electronic Waste: Tremendous amount of waste this era and the challenge in collection, recycling and disposal processes
  11. Radioactive Waste Management: Case study and Lesson Learn in Thailand and Developing Countries
  12. Mining Waste Management
  13. Case study from Cadmium and Lead Contamination in Thailand
  14. Site Assessment: Phase I and II Site investigation and Site Screening
  15. Site Remediation Technology
  16. Case Study on Remediation Technology: Phyto and microbial remediation of petroleum hydrocarbons, Micro remediation of Cd, Physico-chemical remediation of lead
  17. Management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Thailand (PCBs, Dioxin Furan and Pesticides)
  18. Risk and Health Impact from Hazardous Substances
  19. Hazardous Waste Beyond the Frontier: International Agreement related to Hazardous Waste, Basel Convention, JTEPA, WEEE, Rhos
  20. Hazardous Waste Management in Economics Aspect

Practices/ Laboratory practices


Study Trips/Field Trips

  1. 3-day field trip related to integrated hazardous and non hazardous waste treatment and disposal facilities in Thailand
         1.1. Industrial Waste Incinerator (WMS) at Bangpoo, Samut Prakarn Province
         1.2. Hazardous Waste Incinerator (DIW) at Bangpoo, Samut Prakarn Province
         1.3. Sanitary Landfill (WMS) at Chonburi Province
         1.4. Solvent Recovery Facility (Recycle Engineering) at Chonburi Province
         1.5. Fuji Xerox recycling
  2. 3-day trip to Waste Recycling and Co-processing
         2.1. E-Waste at Ayudthaya Province
         2.2. Waste Disposal in Cement Kiln at Siam City Cement, Saraburi Province
         2.3. Wongpanich recycling facility at Pisanulok Province
  3. 1-day trip to Radioactive Waste Management at OAP and Recycle Fluorescent Light Bulb (Toshiba)
  4. 1-day trip to Infectious Waste Incinerator (BMA)
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Number of Participants

Total Number of Participants: 20 persons

Participant Criteria:
  • Age: Less than 45 years old
  • Work experience in related fields: More than 2 years
  • Education: Equivalent to Bachelor Degree or higher degree
  • Language: Good command of English
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  • Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University
  • Accommodation:
    • Condominium at Mahidol University, Salaya Campus
    • At the field site for 2 nights


Registration Fee (only 10 persons)

25,000 Baht/Person
Including : Field trip, documents, breakfast, lunch and 2 coffee breaks
(Not include Insurance and accommodations in Mahidol University, Salaya Campus)


12,500 Bath/Person (Only the members of Thai Society of Higher Education Institutes on Environment)

Registration deadline: August 15, 2008

(Government officials/University Employees/ Employee of State Enterprises and other organizations who get approval from their employer to attend the training course shall not be considered an absence from work. They also have rights to reimburse their registration fee, travel expenses and others expenses according to government regulations.)

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Expected Results

Expected key results for participants after completion of the training course :
  • Basic knowledge of hazardous waste management
  • Meaningful information about advanced technology for recycling, treatment, disposal and remediation processes related to hazardous waste in Thailand and participants' countries
  • Better understanding of further applications through field trips
  • Information about current Laws, Regulations and Policies of hazardous waste management in Thailand and participants' countries


  • No paper examination after completing this training
  • Participant must attend the class, workshop, presentation and field trip for no less than 80% of total training period.


Executing/Implementation Agency

Implementation organization:
Remediation Technology Research Center
Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University
Staff availability:
25-30 Lecturers will be involved in this training course.
30 Supporting staff will facilitate the logistics of this training course.
Training material:
Hand-outs, documents and manual are available.
Computers, printers, LCD, media equipment, laboratory equipment are available.
Other facilities:
Phone, fax, internet hours are available.
Condominium at Mahidol University, Salaya Campus
999 Phuttamonthon 4 Rd., Salaya, Phuttamonthon, Nakhon Pathom 73170
Course leader:
Assoc.Prof.Dr.Anuchat Poungsomlee
Dean of Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies
Course coordinator:
Dr. Achara Ussawarujikulchai
Programme Director of Industrial Ecology and Environment International Programme

Contact person:

Miss Laksanavadee Jaturapat
Head of Research and Academic Services Section
Tel: 0-2441-5000 ext. 2108, 2110
Fax: 0-2441-9509-10
E-mail: enljt@mahidol.ac.th

Collaborative Organization

  • Department of Industrial Work of Thailand
  • Pollution Control Department of Thailand
  • Public Cleansing Department, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
  • Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand

Expenditure and Funding

Sponsored by:

Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) and The Colombo Plan Secretariat

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