Pollution and waste

Solid waste

BMA likely to delay new rubbish collection fee

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is likely to postpone the new garbage collection fee for another year, in a bid perceived as populist appeasement.The Bangkok Council on Wednesday gave initial approval to a proposal tabled by Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang asking that the new fee ...

Supoj Wancharoen

Greenpeace proposes widespread collection fee to drive push against disposables

Greenpeace has proposed an indiscriminately-implemented collection fee as a means to eradicate single-use plastic bags and containers from disposal, as well as to establish an independent fund for rehabilitation of Thailand’s seas.The popular environmental group’s proposal comes on the heels of the deaths of two ...

The Nation Reporter

Calls for total ban on use of single-use plastic bags

The death of baby dugong Mariam, which was found to be caused from problems associated with plastic bags blocking her digestive system, has brought about renewed calls for stricter control, or a complete ban, on the use of single-use plastic bags.Marine scientist, and vice dean ...

Samut Prakan monk makes ‘nano-robes’ from recycled plastic bottles

After three years of trials, Pra Maha Pranom, who is the assistant abbot of Wat Chak Daeng temple in Thailand’s Samut Prakan province, has successfully produced what he calls a “nano-robe”, made from a mixture of recycled plastic, cotton and zinc oxide nanoparticles.The robe is ...

Plastic reduction efforts 'a success'

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) says the first year of the country’s effort to reduce plastic waste has been successful and has received cooperation from the business sector. “Our plan to reduce plastic waste is in its early steps and voluntary, but we received strong ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

EXCLUSIVE: Dump the habit of plastics

WWF International is calling on Southeast Asia and other regions to tackle the menace of plastic waste, with its director-general outlining a multi-pronged approach and sustainable solutions.The world produces and consumes more than 300 million tonnes of plastic products every year, and Thailand’s rate of ...

Nophakhun Limsamarnphun

Thailand to ban import of plastic waste next year

Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will propose to the cabinet a total ban on the import of plastic waste into Thailand beginning next year.Natural Resources and Environment Minister Gen Surasak Karnjanarat said today that, as imports of plastic waste are to end next ...

Thailand targets significant reduction of plastics consumption by 2022

Thailand has set a target of eliminating plastic waste imports into the country by the year 2022, as well as to reduce the consumption of plastic products and packaging.Keep watching ...

Asean battles marine debris

Bangkok declaration by ministers today to focus on cooperative efforts and measures in the region to tackle this serious environmental threat.ASEAN member countries will sign the Bangkok Declaration to jointly combat the pervasive marine plastic debris problem in the region.Keep reading ...

Pratch Rujivanarom

Waste-to-energy plants 'an environmental hazard’

Academics have urged the authorities to slow down their large-scale waste-to-energy development policy, as it could severely harm the country’s environment and people’s health.The Interior and Energy ministries disclosed that the government is offering more subsidies to further boost investments in waste-to-energy power plants at ...

Pratch Rujivanarom

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