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dtac and TES-AMM join forces to save the earth by helping public sector in pollution management

November 25, 2016 – Total Access Communication PLC. or dtac partners up with TES-AMM (Thailand) Co. Ltd. to launch ‘Think Smart’ project, that encourages people to properly manage the electronic waste by bringing old mobile phones including batteries and accessories into designated boxes provided by dtac. dtac will later collect and deliver them to TES-AMM for appropriate disposal and recycling.
According to Thailand State of Pollution Report 2015 provided by the Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, 591,127 tonnes of community hazardous waste were generated in 2015. These can be categorized into waste from electrical and electronic equipment (or WEEE) at 384,233 tonnes or 65% and other community hazardous waste such as batteries, light bulbs, and chemical containers at 206,894 tonnes or 35%. As for the hazardous waste management, the provincial administrations were tasked with providing areas for proper community hazardous waste collection and disposal. In 2015, there were 83 community hazardous waste centers; 42 of them were in use and could collect 250 tonnes of community hazardous waste, as 174 tonnes of these were disposed.
Most of the WEEE came from general households. More than 50% of the population sold their WEEE when it was no longer in use while the rest either dumped WEEE alongside other waste or given away. The selling programs of WEEE, included buyback schemes that offered a discount for new electronic devices, are only accounted for a small amount. The main problem was the mixing of WEEE with regular municipal solid waste by waste handling contractors who operated with risks to the environment and the public health. 
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has come with the roadmap for sustainable reduction of problems caused by waste and hazardous waste management and pushed all relevant organizations to really implement the National Master Plan on Waste Management Act B.E. 2559 – 2564 (2016 – 2021). The master plan supports the private sectors to collect, transport, and dispose of hazardous waste. Thus, dtac has launched a pilot campaign to encourage customers to properly manage WEEE by not dumping them with other waste to help reduce the carbon footprint, contributing pollutants on ecosystems and humans. 

Mrs. On-uma Rerkpattanapipat, Head of Communications and Sustainability Division, Total Access Communication PLC. or dtac, said “There are currently 83 million mobile phone subscribers in Thailand. Generally, the life cycle of a cell phone is shorter than 2 years and its battery’s lifetime is around 200 charge cycles or 1 year and 4 months. Moreover, since the advanced technology plays a vital role in developing new products to meet the demands and novel applications and most of the smartphones cost less than 10,000 Baht, these bring up an increase of 47 percent in smart phone sales, reaching 22 million units in 2015. Consequently, some consumers might not have an awareness of unwanted devices and their deteriorated and expired accessories.”

dtac has launched ‘Think Smart’ project for more than 10 years to show responsibility as a company running business based on electronic devices. We have assigned 120 designated places for customers to drop their unused batteries and accessories and then passed them on to TES-AMM for appropriated disposal and recycling. dtac has collected over 1.5 million pieces of electronic waste since the launch of the project and reduced carbon dioxide emission by 18.87 million kilograms. Additionally, the events have been held to give people knowledge and public awareness of sustainable pollution solutions. dtac is also ready to give full support for upcoming WEEE management laws or regulations in order to implement an effective system to handle WEEE.” added Mrs. Rerkpattanapipat.
Mr. Luc Bernardus Scholte van Mast, Managing Director of TES-AMM (Thailand) Co. Ltd. said “TAS-AMM Group is a leading company in providing electronic waste (e-waste) recycling services and also the first in Asia to receive certification on Responsible Recycling (R2) from USA. In addition, TES-AMM is ISO9001, ISO14001, and OSAS18001 certified. These standards guarantee an e-waste management through appropriate processes and standards. dtac has collected unused mobile phones and deteriorated accessories and brought them to TES-AMM for extraction of precious metals. This results in environmental preservation by helping reduce the need of mining and carbon footprint. By bringing one cell phone to recycling process, this can reduce carbon dioxide emission, the cause of global warming, by 12.585 kilograms.”