SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AT AN INTERNATIONAL FULL-MARATHON RUNNING EVENT IN SOUTHERN THAILAND
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SINEENART PUANGMANEE, MALIK SAEARLEE
Marathon running is the most popular sporting event in the world. Therefore, marathon solid waste is an important aspect of these events. Many activities that support the runners produce much waste, which is difficult to control and manage. This paper aimed to study marathon solid waste management at an international full-marathon running event, along with the support activities. The data included the types and volumes of waste in addition to waste storage, collection, transfer, and disposal. The sample site was an international full-marathon event in southern Thailand. Two groups of activities were identified. The first group included 11 activities at service points directly concerned with the runners. The second group included two activities not related with marathon running, i.e. an expo zone and food zone. All waste was classified into general waste, compostable waste, recyclable waste, and hazardous waste for each group activity. The total amount of waste from all activities was 2,702.70 kg, that included 2,527.20 kg and 175.50 kg that were related and unrelated to marathon running, respectively. Moreover, it was noted that unsuitable protective equipment was worn by the workers. Some containers and vehicles did not follow the guidelines according to the laws; however, the government allowed them to work. A waste recycling facility received 458.10 kg of recyclable waste. General waste, compostable waste, and hazardous waste (2,244.60 kg) were transferred without separation for disposal by incineration. Although the organizers tried to control and manage the waste at the event, some of the waste handling procedures were incorrect and ineffective. In conclusion, the organizers and participants need greater awareness of eco-friendliness for an eco-marathon.
international full-marathon running event, marathon running, solid waste management