Environmentally Sound Management of Chemical Waste in South East Asia

Merck formed a strategic alliance with GIZ to improve laboratory chemicals waste management in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Merck introduced environmentally friendly, safe waste disposal systems for used packaging and chemicals from laboratory customers. These systems are be based on Merck’s Retrologistik® expertise in waste management.

Environmentally Sound Management of Chemical Waste in South East Asia

In South-East Asia there is often a lack of knowledge on how to handle hazardous substances properly. Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand are among the countries where safe disposal of chmical wastes does not take place. In a development partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the chemical and pharmaceuticals company Merck has helped to create the logistical basis and technical infrastructure for safe, environmentally friendly disposal of laboratory waste. Like other waste, laboratory chemicals are often disposed of in the sewage system or as household waste, or tipped on illegal rubbish dumps. This is where the joint GIZ/Merck project comes in.

Together, the partners have trained trainers, developed teaching material in local languages and introduced a return system for chemicals. In the course of the project, they have provided training on how to handle laboratory chemicals safely for some 9,000 consumers and lab workers from research establishments, authorities, transport and waste management companies. Selected small and medium-sized enterprises are receiving technical support in managing waste and cleaning returned containers. Since it started, the project has already ensured the safe disposal of more than 230 tonnes of waste. Both partners attach great importance to spreading the relevant knowledge nationwide. For this reason, they hold information events for technical experts. Merck and GIZ also support improvements in legislation on environmentally friendly disposal of chemicals in the three countries.


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

    Funding Agencies
    Germany | Staff size: Unknown
  • Merck

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

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Key Information

LocationEast Asia and Pacific, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia
  • Start Date 2010
  • End Date 2013
  • Sectors