Chula develops a sustainable food waste management model
Sustainability is possible everywhere, even in the food we leave behind. Doctoral students and faculty members from Chulalongkorn University Graduate School’s (CUGS) Interdisciplinary Environmental Science Program participated in “Chula Sustainability Fest 2022” from September 2-4, 2022 at Chulalongkorn Centenary Park. Associate Professor Dr. Nuta Supakata, Deputy Program Director and Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, presented the research results of the “Municipality of Nonthaburi or Nakhon non sustainable food waste management model”. During the event, Dr. Nuta presented a digital poster titled “Safety, health at work and working environment”.
The Nakhon Non Model for Sustainable Food Waste Management is a project developed by doctoral students from Chulalongkorn University Graduate School’s (CUGS) Interdisciplinary Environmental Science Program and faculty members from the Department of Environmental Science. It aims to solve the food waste management problems of the municipality of Nonthaburi, which needs proper and systematic waste separation and management.
Currently, landfills are used, and this may continue for several years if no food waste management is put in place. In search of a more efficient and sustainable waste management solution, a collaboration between Chulalongkorn University, Nonthaburi Municipality and the Institute of Technology and Informatics for Sustainability (TIIS) has formed to develop and build a sustainable food waste management model for the municipality of Nonthaburi in the future.
The project is still ongoing and aims to help the municipality of Nonthaburi separate food waste for later use in an environmentally friendly way. After developing a sustainable food waste management model, valuable learnings expected by project team members include measures of economic value, people and community collaboration in some study areas, such as condominiums, reduction of waste in landfills and innovation development and use of applications for the management of food waste. Expectations are high for the project to be followed up and become a prototype for other agencies and municipalities in Thailand.
As the project can be linked to four of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it has received support from a research and innovation fund, the Zero Waste Project and the Garbage Group, for l fiscal year 2022, of the National Research Council of Thailand (NRC). The four Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include zero hunger (SDG 2), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), responsible consumption and production (SDG 12) and climate action (SDG 13).