ThaiBev’s waste management plan maximizes resource utilization throughout the value chain by using the principle of the 3Rs. ThaiBev encourages all stakeholders to recycle waste, reduce the amount of waste that must be disposed of, and use resources efficiently. Waste management initiatives include post-consumption packaging management, using waste products to generate energy and managing by-products. ThaiBev collaborates with other organizations to implement innovative projects to add value to waste products. The utilization of waste is in accordance with the principles of the Circular Economy, which ThaiBev uses as a guideline to conduct its business. ThaiBev recognizes its responsibility to communities, society, and the environment.




Using Malt By-product for Agriculture
Malt is the primary raw material used in ThaiBev’s beer and spirit production processes. During the manufacturing process, a by-product called “malt residue” is produced. ThaiBev has collaborated with the Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) to pioneer the project of using malt residue as an ingredient for animal feed. A new formula of nutritious animal feed for cattle was developed. This new formula leads to high quality meat. In addition to the malt residue, malt dust is another leftover. ThaiBev took malt dust that would otherwise go to waste, and offered it to local farmers near one of its factories. The malt dust has high nutritional value as aquaculture feed. By replacing the usual animal feed, costs were reduced. It helped the community to develop additional job opportunities and reduce aquafarming costs.

Production of Biogas from Vinasse to Generate Renewable Energy
Thai Beverage Energy Company Limited set up a project to use distillery vinasse, a by-product of alcohol production. Distillery vinasse is used to produce biogas. The biogas is used to produce steam, which in turn can act as a substitute for fossil fuel. This project reduces the emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas. Excess biogas from steam production at the Buriram and Ubon Ratchathani facilities can generate electricity for internal use, and surplus electricity is then sold to the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA).

Encouraging Staff to Participate in Waste Reduction by Separating Waste in Office Buildings
ThaiBev has launched a campaign to help employees realize the value of their existing resources. The company started its waste management approach by separating office waste with a project called “Collect-Return-Recycle.” The campaign creates awareness and shows how value can be created from recyclable waste such as glass bottles, PET bottles, and aluminum cans. ThaiBev also collaborates with the Federation of Thai Industries’ Thailand Institute of Packaging and Recycling Management for Sustainable Environment (TIPMSE) to organize training courses for employees about waste separation in office buildings.

Moving Forward

Total weight of waste and disposal method of Beverage business

In its production of quality beverages and food, ThaiBev places great importance on consumer safety. It selects natural materials through a sourcing process that maintains product quality, and prevents the waste of various processes from affecting the environment and surrounding communities. ThaiBev complies with legal regulations for waste treatment and disposal according to international standards in order to manage waste with the highest efficiency.
The following achievements were made in 2019:

Recovery, including energy recovery
Incineration (mass burn)