M.S. Thesis: Generation and Disposition of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Management in Thailand

By Chak Cherdsatirkul

Advisor: Profs. Nickolas J. Themelis

Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science
Columbia University

April 2012

The disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW) has become an important issue in all countries. However, it is usually hard for governments of developing nations to deal with MSW management issues because of lack of information and adequate data collection. Since Thailand is currently experiencing MSW problems due to its fast economic development and population growth, it is necessary to understand the status quo of MSW generation and disposal in Thailand. This was the objective of this study. The study collected data of MSW generation volume in Thailand and compared them with the analysis of other key indicators, such as Gross Domestic Production (GDP) and population, of Thailand and neighboring countries. The results showed that MSW generation tends to increase with GDP and population increases.

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