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 Silpa-archa has now told the country’s Pollution Control Department that it must review this date and look at alternative options including a ban this year, in 2023 or the existing 2026 deadline.

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