Circular Economy

Circular Economy: A Path Towards a Sustainable World

SCG recognizes the importance of the circular economy as one of the keys to developing economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

We have therefore implemented SCG Circular Way to foster resource-minded production and consumption as a model for applying the concept of circular economy and to integrate collaborative efforts among various sectors in order to make the concept a practical reality. This protocol is in accordance with the three principles in a circular economy model, which are 1) making products using the least resources; 2) using products to their fullest potential before proper disposal; and 3) returning post-consumer materials to the resource chain.

Striving for Sustainability

In order to actualize the circular economy, the Chemicals Business, SCG, the leader in Thailand’s integrated chemical industry, places importance in product design, focusing on durability, reduced material use, and replacement, to foster circularity from upstream. Furthermore, we strive to establish efficient waste management practices in order to integrate recycling into the production process.

From Principle to Practice

Committed to economic, social, and environmental sustainability, SCG has consistently implemented the concept of circular economy in its business practices through cooperation with public and private sectors in various projects, which will continue into the future.

Recycled Fish Homes

Fulfilling its pledge to restore marine resources, elevate the quality of life in communities, and bring efficient waste management to coastal areas and communities, the Chemicals Business, SCG, has launched the Recycled Fish Home Project, in collaboration with the Office of Marine and Coastal Resources Administration 1 (MCRA) in Rayong. Drawing on the concept of circular economy, the Chemicals Business has combined plastic waste collection from the beach and communities with virgin plastic resins to produce pipes and create recycled fish homes. Preliminary tests have shown that these recycled pipes do not differ in properties from leftover PE100 pipes from trial production. The goal is to incorporate as much plastic waste into the fish home pipes as possible, which will serve as another efficient and eco-friendly way of recycling plastics.

Recycled Plastic Roads

Each year, as much as 1.5 million tons of plastic waste generated in Thailand is mismanaged. It was this figure that prompted the Chemicals Business, SCG, to start the Recycled Plastic Road Project in collaboration with Dow Chemical Company Limited and the Civil Engineering Department of Chulalongkorn University, in which plastics from businesses and households in several communities in Rayong were sorted, ground into smaller pieces, and incorporated into asphalt. The recycled plastic road prototype is in RIL Industrial Estate in Rayong and measures 220 meters in length, 3 meters in width, and 6 centimeters in thickness. SCG has also planned to construct more recycled plastic roads in collaboration with SC Asset Public Company Limited, CP All Public Company Limited, and Amata City Industrial Estate. This project will not only create value for types of plastics that are usually not reused and properly recycled but also truly contribute to the sustainability of the environment, communities, society, and businesses in accordance with the circular economy model.

Greenovative Lube Packaging

The Chemicals Business, SCG, has joined forces with Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited to develop Greenovative Lube Packaging, in which used gallon containers for lubricants are processed into post-consumer recycled resin (PCR), which is then utilized as a raw material in the manufacturing of quality recycled gallon containers. The Greenovative Lube Packaging Project not only makes use of alternative materials but also reduces the amount of waste and potential negative environmental impacts created by improper disposal of these containers – in line with the concept of circular economy.