Pollution and waste

Solid waste

Waste plants cause stink

Rather than protecting the environment and people from garbage pollution, the government plans to tackle overflowing waste by promoting small localised waste-to-energy projects. This could bring about even greater environmental adversity and haze pollution, environmentalists say.Keep reading ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Renewed push to sort, recycle waste

Despite its reputation of being one of the world’s top tourist destinations, litter can literally be seen all over Bangkok.According to the Department of Environment and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) figures, the capital produces more than 8,000 tonnes of municipal waste every day.Keep reading ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Thai minister sows confusion over 2026 plastic import ban

Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment has created doubt over the country’s 2026 plastic import ban by ordering a review on the implementation date.The Ministry had previously announced that it would gradually reduce imports of plastics up to an eventual ban in 2026.But Warawut ...

Deal struck to reduce plastics use

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) is collaborating with food delivery service providers to reduce the use of single-use plastics.The two sides signed an agreement on Wednesday aimed at cutting down on discarded single-use plastic items.Keep reading ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

Plastic waste still an issue

When it comes to policy on waste management and recycling, the Prayut Chan-o-cha administration is generally deemed to be progressive. The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry in 2018 made a landmark decision to slap a ban on the importation of plastics and electronic waste which ...

Food deliveries add to Thai plastic headache

Single-use plastic waste in Thailand ballooned during the coronavirus lockdown as demand for home food deliveries soared, activists say, setting back efforts to reduce the country’s dependency on the environmental scourge. The contagion has had mixed outcomes for Thailand’s environment, with dugongs, turtles and otters returning ...

Plastic still proliferates

Several retail chains have taken the initiative to cut down on plastic waste by not giving out plastic bags, and people find themselves carrying their own tote bags when they shop at malls and convenience stores.The adjustment seems to be going well. But while the ...

Melalin Mahavongtrakul

Waste plastic imports 'to be banned'

Authorities plan to ban the import of all electronic and plastic waste next year, in a move to improve garbage management.The ban was announced by a new subcommittee on the two garbage types, led by National Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, who yesterday said ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

Bangkok steps up its fight against plastic trash

Two things Thailand is famous for are its delicious street food and its wonderful beaches. Sadly, the first typically comes in plastic bags that often wash up on the second – not good for a country that relies on tourism for a fifth of its ...

Activists decry plastic ban loopholes

The recent ban on single-use plastic bags at major retailers created a stir for consumers and businesses, with social media abuzz with workarounds such as shoppers using wheelbarrows and stockings to carry off their 7-Eleven hauls.But is this step enough to reduce Thailand’s massive plastic ...

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