Promotion of Countermeasures against Marine Plastic Litter in Asia and the Pacific (CounterMEASURE II)
Plastic waste has exacerbated the Lower Mekong River Basin located in Southeast Asia and its recognition as the new marine debris hotspot. To combat the emitted plastic to river, we identified several conditions such as increasing plastic waste generation and single used plastic consumption, leading to more plastic leakage in the open environment. To accelerate the mitigation and alter the solutions, the monitoring systems required a wide picture through the life cycle of plastic material and improvement to identify the possible sources of pollution.
GIC developed a methodology in construction of the model of assessment and monitoring of plastic leakage and pollution reduction, to identify plastic leakage density and its sources. The solutions are complied with the detection of the plastic litter using the artificial intelligence detection by attaching the algorithm to the electronic devices. We used vehicle mounted camera, CCTV, and drone to detect the plastic for the robust monitoring. Furthermore, a survey based mobile app is also generated to elaborate with the community.
With doing the robust survey and extensive analysis throughout the waste management system, places of accumulation of plastic waste in the environment; the lesson learnt is that we can address which are the areas need to be prioritised first for the immediate actions. By detecting at the several pilot cities, we deliver the state of the plastic in the city by measuring its qualitative level of exposure. Therefore, the overall approach can be adapted in other cities for scaling the solution in other parts of Thailand.