The community-based initiative was launched by eight Hilton Worldwide hotels in Thailand and WWF-Thailand, with assistance from the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion.
Second prize went to the Suvarnabhumi Mosque Community, and third to Khlongtoey Nai 1 Community. Other communities participating included Ban Saiyuan—which got honorable mention, Soi Ruam Rudee, Fah Si Khram, and Banpangka.
The project seeks to provide communities with information on waste management and segregation using the 3R principles: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Activities included selling recyclable items, recycling for child charities, fertilizer production from degradable waste, use of bio-extract in farming, and elimination of plastic bags.
Since its launch in late 2014, the initiative had reduced 16 tons of solid waste, saving an equivalent of 6,380 liters of fuel consumption.
A visit to the winning community, Ban Noen Thang Rotfai, demonstrated waste segregation for selling of recyclable items, bio-fertilizer production from degradable waste, and its own low-cost hydroponics undertaking. Pattaya City also supports the community by providing waste bins and industrializing fertilizer production.
Residents may participate in such environmental efforts by learning proper procedures for segregating waste. Go to www.wastechallenge.com.