Abstract—The objective of this research was to identify the
potential for value-added banana production by adopting
circular economy concept. The resource utilization
performance of a banana production factory in the middle part
of Thailand was collected in 2020. The economic analysis and
circular economy were used for developing the potential of
banana production waste as value-added products. Finally,
potential scenarios of value-added banana production were
selected by brainstorming with the factory owner based on the
circular economy approach. The result found four types of
waste in banana production, including wastewater, rejected
banana material, banana peel, empty banana bunch, and waste
generated from the production process. Nine scenarios for
value-added banana production were developed and proposed
by the resource performance, economic analysis and circular
economy implementation. After brainstorming with the banana
factory owner, four potential scenarios for value-added banana
production waste under circular economy concept were selected.
The details of potential scenarios were as the following: banana
powder form rejected banana, bio-compost from banana peels,
re-use of wastewater, and sale of solid waste. From this finding,
the circular economy concept should be recommended and
implemented for enhancing the efficiency of the banana
Index Terms—Value-added product, Banana production, circular economy, Thailand.
Cheerawit Rattanapan is with ASEAN Institute for Health Development, Mahidol University, Thailand (e-mail: email@example.com).
Weerawat Ounsaneha is with Faculty of Science and Technology, Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University under the Royal Patronage, Thailand (corresponding author; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Cheerawit Rattanapan and Weerawat Ounsaneha, "The Potential for Value-Added Banana Production Waste under Circular Economy Concept," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 92-96, 2022.Copyright © 2022 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).