Geographic Information System and Integrated Spatial Analysis on Area Selection for WEEE Collection Site at Buriram Province, Thailand

  • Komsoon SomprasongEmail author
  • Suthathip Chitwiwat
  • Mongkolchai Assawadithalerd
  • Tassanee Prueksasit
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


Thailand is now confronting the problem in ineffective management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). This mismanagement can cause many negative effects to both environment and the quality of life of the residential area nearby. One of the common mismanagements for WEEE in Thailand is mostly occurred for WEEE waste collection centers, leading to high possibilities in contamination and spreading of hazardous materials. In this study, the waste collecting area in the north-eastern part of Thailand were selected as an investigation area for monitoring and analyzing the collection-route of the WEEE. Geographic Information System (GIS) were applied to demonstrates the collecting route of the wastes and the precise location of the stakeholders in waste collection and transportation based on recorded GPS data from 9 GPS device, attached to 12 pick-up trucks. The results showed that WEEE was transported from nearby provinces which mainly were Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, and Nakhon Ratchasima. Spatial analysis, considered to be one of the most effective geographical method, were applied to designate the suitable area or coordinates based on significant criteria which was regulations regarding to water resources, residential area, and airport. The information of waste collecting route, land use, water resources and regulations were integrated in order to specify the suitable area for the developing of the official WEEE waste collection center. The results of the study indicate that current wastes collection area and transportation should be diminished and the suitable area for setting up the new center can be specified.


GPS Spatial multi-criteria decision making WEEE Environment site 



All research work was conducted under “Thailand Research Challenge Program for WEEE and Hazardous Waste” project. The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial and support provided by National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT). We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management (HSM), Chulalongkorn University for invaluable supports of facilities and scientific equipment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Komsoon Somprasong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Suthathip Chitwiwat
    • 2
  • Mongkolchai Assawadithalerd
    • 2
  • Tassanee Prueksasit
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringChiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand
  2. 2.The Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management (HSM)Chulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand
  3. 3.Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of ScienceChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand

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