Finally, Thailand starts to manage is plastic junk problem

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Thailand is finally starting to tackle its plastic garbage problem and will ban three types of plastic by the end of 2019 – microbeads, cap seals and oxo-degradable plastics.

Then, by 2022 four other types of single-use plastics will also be banned – lightweight plastic bags less than 36 microns thick, styrofoam food containers for takeaways, plastic cups and plastic straws – according to a road map approved by the Cabinet called Plastic Waste Management Road Map 2018-2030. This plan also includes an ambitious plan for Thailand to use 100 per cent recycled plastic by 2027 in various forms, including turning waste into energy.

The Cabinet has acknowledged the road map and assigned the Natural Resource and Environment Ministry to formulate a draft action plan for plastic waste management, so it is in line with the 20-year national strategy.

The Cabinet also called for clear definitions of the role of related state agencies in managing plastic waste and for participation from private businesses. The state agencies should create strategies to push this forward, such as creating a “good understanding” and running public relations campaigns via social media to achieve the set goals, the Cabinet instructed.

The plan also targets to implement lifecycle plastic-waste management, so respective steps are taken from the very start with plastic products designed applying an “eco-design” approach in manufacturing, as well aspost-consumption disposal which will include garbage separation, transport and storing, recycling and proper disposal.

According to the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, Thais generate as much as 1.14 kilogrammes of garbage per head per day, contributing to the 27.04 million tonnes of waste per year.

One person uses approximately eight plastic bags a day – or 500 million plastic bags per day for the whole nation. Most of the plastic waste ends up in the oceans, accounting for 16 per cent of garbage in the sea.

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Thailand is finally starting to tackle its plastic garbage problem and will ban three types of plastic by the end of 2019 – microbeads, cap seals and oxo-degradable plastics. Then, by 2022 four other types of single-use plastics will also be banned – lightweight plastic bags less than 36 microns thick, styrofoam food containers for takeaways, plastic cups and plastic straws – according to a road map approved by the Cabinet called Plastic Waste Management Road Map 2018-2030. This plan also includes an ambitious plan for Thailand to use 100 per cent recycled plastic by 2027 in various forms, including...

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Thailand is finally starting to tackle its plastic garbage problem and will ban three types of plastic by the end of 2019 – microbeads, cap seals and oxo-degradable plastics.

Then, by 2022 four other types of single-use plastics will also be banned – lightweight plastic bags less than 36 microns thick, styrofoam food containers for takeaways, plastic cups and plastic straws – according to a road map approved by the Cabinet called Plastic Waste Management Road Map 2018-2030. This plan also includes an ambitious plan for Thailand to use 100 per cent recycled plastic by 2027 in various forms, including turning waste into energy.

The Cabinet has acknowledged the road map and assigned the Natural Resource and Environment Ministry to formulate a draft action plan for plastic waste management, so it is in line with the 20-year national strategy.

The Cabinet also called for clear definitions of the role of related state agencies in managing plastic waste and for participation from private businesses. The state agencies should create strategies to push this forward, such as creating a “good understanding” and running public relations campaigns via social media to achieve the set goals, the Cabinet instructed.

The plan also targets to implement lifecycle plastic-waste management, so respective steps are taken from the very start with plastic products designed applying an “eco-design” approach in manufacturing, as well aspost-consumption disposal which will include garbage separation, transport and storing, recycling and proper disposal.

According to the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, Thais generate as much as 1.14 kilogrammes of garbage per head per day, contributing to the 27.04 million tonnes of waste per year.

One person uses approximately eight plastic bags a day – or 500 million plastic bags per day for the whole nation. Most of the plastic waste ends up in the oceans, accounting for 16 per cent of garbage in the sea.

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