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Recognizing its responsibility to communities, society, and the environment, ThaiBev has implemented a waste hierarchy system on the circular economy principle, emphasizing reuse, re-manufacturing, and recycling, to prevent and mitigate waste-related impacts.
Management Approach
ThaiBev increases the value of waste and by-product by using them as raw materials in the agricultural and industrial sectors. Examples include using malt residue and grain residue from alcohol production as ingredients in livestock feed; and using effluent from the vinasse treatment process as a soil conditioner in the growing of crops such as sugarcane, rice, cassava, and oil palm.

The company also encourages and trains employees to prevent waste by using the tools of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), and to participate in waste management programs that promote environmental sustainability.

ThaiBev tracks the amount and type of waste generated and waste disposal methods in our operations using the waste management platforms, Waste Inventory System (WIN) and Sustainability Data Management System (SDMS). This allows ThaiBev to see into corporate-wide waste data from both our own operations and suppliers and, therefore, improve our waste management actions in alignment with our commitment to zero waste-to-landfill by 2040.



Waste to Energy
To minimize waste to landfill and negative environmental impacts from our operations, ThaiBev uses by-product and waste from the manufacturing process to generate renewable energy. After installing a new biomass boiler at the Beer Thip Brewery, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, ThaiBev diverted 6,000 metric tonnes of waste from landfill in 2023, an equivalent of 48,632 tCO2e per year GHG emissions reduction, and used them as fuel to generate steam. The types of waste that are being managed using this method include sludge from wastewater treatment, tea-leaf residue, and label scraps from the bottle-rinsing process.
Key Projects
Green Block
Thaibev developed a waste management team at waste data and conducted a company wide waste audit project to assess the waste data of each production process , analyze waste data in order to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, and identify opportunity for improving waste performance.

A subsidiary of ThaiBev, Feed Addition Co., Ltd., (FAD) is tasked to research and explore innovations to create values from waste. FAD collaborates with external parties, such as universities, to convert waste into higher-value products. ThaiBev has invested 3,150,000 baht in continuous research and development.

In collaboration with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), ThaiBev has developed a lightweight aggregate, known as Green Rock, using the powdered ash from the incineration of concentrated slop in the distillation processes. This material is mixed with concrete to create another value-added product called Green Block that can be used for both internal and external wall construction of buildings in tropical climate zones.

Green Block is an innovative environmentally friendly construction material that is made from approximately 10–15% recycled raw materials, through a production process that does not involve burning or steaming. Green Block’s unique feature is double ventilation technology, as the porousness of the Green Rock increases the efficiency of air flow, helping to effectively remove heat from the wall, and the water absorption rate is less than 14%, helping to prevent wall cracking. Green Block is certified according to Made in Thailand and Material ConneXion standards.
Label Scraps
ThaiBev reuses close to one billion glass bottles in our production process annually, and one of the major types of waste generated from the bottle-rinsing process is label scraps. Apart from using them as fuel, several other initiatives have been put in place to prevent these scraps from ending up in the landfill.

Thanaphakdi Distillery, Chiang Mai Province, is conducting an experiment on using label scraps as an ingredient in soil improver, which would reduce the amount of waste disposed by 8.5 metric tonnes. A trial plot of long-term crops is being grown with soil improvers containing label scraps and concentrated slop from the distilling process. The soil from the trial plot has been collected for nutrient analysis at ThaiBev Spirits Technical Services to test for soil compounds and their possible impacts on crop yield.

Lakchai Distillery, Ratchaburi Province, sends label scraps to Eco Friendly Thai, a company that upcycles pulp from used packaging. In 2023, Lakchai Distillery has sent 11.67 metric tonnes of label scraps to be recycled into plant pots and other home decor items.
Waste Reduction Training to Employee
Encouraging Employees to Participate in Waste Reduction by Separating Waste To reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and promote the most efficient use of resources through the 3Rs principle, ThaiBev’s production facilities have launched a campaign to create awareness among employees about the benefits of waste separation and the value that can be added to recyclable waste. The results of the campaign are as follows:
  • Reduction of waste within the factories and to landfill
  • Ability to recycle waste for other uses
  • Creating teamwork among employees
  • Reducing costs and adding value to waste
  • Reducing waste-related impacts and protecting the environment
School Waste Management
ThaiBev has extended the Bring Back–Recycle campaign to the younger generation in order to provide education on the importance and benefits of waste segregation. In 2023, ThaiBev engaged with 300 pupils from 40 schools in the CONNEXT ED, Partnership School, and Our Khung Bang Kachao projects to teach them how to properly separate each type of waste at source. Throughout the program, ThaiBev provides continuous support for these schools from baseline measurement to measuringthe impacts from their participation in the campaign. Apart from the reduction of waste being disposed to landfill, participating schools have carried out more advanced activities such as establishing waste management clubs and/or working groups, and turning waste into more valuable products that can generate additional income.
2023 Performance (Unit: Metric tonnes)
Waste by type and disposal method (Unit: Metric tonnes)
  FY2020 FY2021 FY2022 FY2023
Total weight of waste generated 38,006 33,878 48,700 98,290
Total weight of waste diverted from disposal 33,268 30,181 40,457 72,375
Waste that is reused / recycle /sold 33,268 30,181 40,457 72,375
Total weight of waste directed to disposal 4,738 3,697 8,243 11,885
Waste disposed to landfill 4,135 3,028 2,366 4,135
Waste incinerated with energy recovery 546 598 5,862 7,325
Waste incinerated without energy recovery 23 61 5 423
Wasted otherwise disposed 34 10 10 2
Total weight of onsite composting and landfilling N/A N/A N/A 14,030