Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by PeteC » Mon May 14, 2018 1:53 pm

bsdk1960 wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 1:45 pm
the bigest supermarket chain in DK will aband plastic plates,knife,fork ect. from next year.
its a small step but i think other will follow. :cheers: :cheers:
Over and over again I drum into the wife and daughter to check their bags at places like 7-11 and remove and give back any plastic spoons, forks etc., that the clerks automatically throw in there. Do they remember to do that?...... :banghead: maybe 1 in 10 trips. Even smart and caring people don't seem to be totally tuned into the severity of the problem to the extent that it has become second nature in their daily routines. Maybe soon.....I hope. :( Pete :cheers:
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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by StevePIraq » Mon May 14, 2018 1:54 pm

And why is that, because is not their problem.
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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by Nereus » Mon May 14, 2018 3:28 pm

State chews over plastic bag levy ... c-bag-levy

The government is considering a levy on shopping bags to reduce plastic consumption and pollution, says a source at the Finance Ministry.

Other alternatives include replacing regular plastic bags with biodegradable ones and making thinner plastic carrier bags, the source said.

The options are part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) expected to be signed between the government and the private sector, with the Thai Retailers Association (TRA) discussing the issue next week before holding a meeting with the Finance Ministry to reach a conclusion on the matter.
The source said options designed to encourage consumers to reduce plastic bag usage are expected to come into force next year.

These options are being jointly initiated by the interior, natural resources and environment ministries to curb plastic waste and address ecological problems in the country.

Under the MoU, a committee on steering, evaluating and monitoring the issue will be set up, the source said, adding that plastic bag sales could be banned in the long run.

In 2017, Thailand had 27.4 million tonnes of waste, of which 2 million tonnes was plastic. Moreover, plastic bag waste accounted for 13% of marine litter in 2015, well above food packaging waste at 8% and straws at 10%.
According to the Environmental Quality Promotion Department's data, plastic bag usage per person averages 8.7 bags a day in Bangkok.

The government in 2015 joined hands with the private sector to launch a nationwide campaign to reduce plastic bag usage, with retailers claiming that consumption has declined by 300 million plastic bags.

Fifteen major shopping malls and supermarkets throughout the country have agreed to join in the campaign to encourage customers to bring their own cloth bags or haversacks.

The source said the Fiscal Policy Office will not consider imposing a tax to reduce plastic bag usage, as the tax collection costs would likely exceed tax revenue, and the burden should not be passed on to consumers, as plastic bag production costs are quite low.

Chatchai Tuangrattanapan, director of the TRA, said the association is scheduled to call a meeting of its members on May 18 to discuss the government's new policy.

Each retail chain has launched its own activities to encourage shoppers to use cloth bags and replace plastic ones, but the response from customers has been minimal. Similar measures to curb plastic usage have been successful in other countries, Mr Chatchai said, adding that legal measures here would boost enforcement.
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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by handdrummer » Mon May 14, 2018 5:45 pm

What does one do with wet garbage, i.e. food scraps, etc.?

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Re: Tips for recycling and reducing plastic use in Thailand

Post by buksida » Sun May 20, 2018 9:16 am

Nat Geo are currently running a feature on plastics and their impact on the planet: ... orplastic/

Lots of scary info there for those that want to ignore the problem or say 'its someone else's job'.
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