Introducing Wet Market Waste Management Strategy: The More You Give, The More You Prosper
A Place Where Waste is Massively Generated: Wet Market
Upkeeping the cleanliness and handling wastes are unquestionably major challenges in wet markets, especially Yingcharoen Market where tens of thousands of people are shopping every day. About 10,000-20,000 kilograms of waste generated per day, of which 70% of them are organic waste such as scraps from vegetables and fruits, while 30% are general waste like plastic bags, glass bottles, and cans, which are left unsorted. Aside from those problems, the quality of discharge water was relatively below the standard specified in the pollution control regulation, along with massive grease deposits, which make a perfect breeding ground for unpleasant pests such as flies and cockroaches.
Everyone Must be Involved in a Transformation to Sustainable Market
Frustrated with these problems, Yingcharoen Market’s senior manager SaicholSawaddichai and manager of the Cleaning Department SompongChandee had to come up with plans to put a stop to these challenges. To sustain the market’s development, they believe that everyone, including people in communities near the market, must participate. The environmental issue is among the prioritized policies needed an urgent improvement, especially wastewater problems. The market launched a campaign replacing chemicals with microorganisms and invested in the wastewater treatment system. At the same time, Saichol and his team urged sellers to maintain their stalls’ sanitation using microbial cleaning. Soon enough, the market’s quality of discharge water has finally met the regulation’s standard.
Waste is Money If Properly Managed
Waste is the market’s biggest problem. The overwhelming organic waste like vegetables and fruits are now sorted. The local district officials will come to collected and convert them into organic fertilizers and animal feed. The general waste, like plastic waste, glass bottles, or cans, is sold to waste collectors. To create jobs for people in nearby communities and involve them in waste management practices, Sompong engages them by imparting knowledge gained from his previous training. Now, not only a waste item has its path to a better place, but people managing waste are also set themselves on the way to a better life.
A Market that is More Than a Market
With a good collaboration of everyone, Yingcharoen Market can successfully cut the waste amount by half. Not only the market environment has improved, but love and happiness are also flourishing around during the journey of collaboration and development. Plus, the market is now another home that helps them generate extra income. The key elements that make Yingcharoen Market a success story are good planning, good policies, and efficient implementation where the collaboration of all relevant stakeholders is at the heart of the mission. Yingcharoen Market is an excellent example of how a significant change will always ensue if everyone joins forces.
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