Thailand cuts the use of plastic bags by over 148,000 tonnes in three years

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) on Wednesday credited its campaigns among the public for the sharp reduction in the use of single-use plastic and plastic shopping bags, totalling more than 148,000 tonnes in about three years.PCD director-general Pinsak Suraswadi said the department had launched the ...

The Nation 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 ...

Government must ban imports of plastic scrap

Last Monday, members of the Anti-Plastic Scrap Citizen’s Network submitted a petition to the environmental minister. The petition demanded the government impose a ban on the import of plastic scrap by the end of this year.It was signed by 108 civil society organisations (CSOs) and ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Plastic waste imports are 'unwanted'

More than 100 environmental groups have called on the government to prohibit the import of plastic waste and instead encourage the use of domestic plastic waste for recycling as a way to safeguard the environment and promote the circular economy.The network of 107 civil society ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Disparity worsens ocean pollution

Ocean plastic pollution is threatening humanity and Thailand cannot escape the blame as one of the world’s worst marine polluters. Although the government has pledged to tackle marine pollution, one thing is certain. Success is out of reach if the state authorities fail to engage ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

World Bank Sees $6 Billion Wasted on Plastics in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian countries lose out on as much as $6 billion a year as most of their single-use plastics are thrown out rather than recovered and recycled, the World Bank said in a new study.More than 75% of recyclable plastics in Malaysia, Thailand and the ...

A solution to plastic pollution: circular economy

The dire state of the world’s oceans can no longer be ignored. Discarded plastic waste — particularly single-use plastic — is putting marine life at risk.It’s not only big chunks of plastic and bags that pose a danger: plastic exposed to salt water and ultraviolet ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Five brands responsible for most of Thailand’s plastic pollution: Greenpeace

Greenpeace Thailand also revealed the results of its 2020 plastic waste audit on Thursday.It showed the brands that produce the most plastic waste are Charoen Pokphand Group (CP), Dutch Mill, Osotspa Group, TCP, and Lactasoy Group. The audit was based on samples collected in Chiang ...

The Nation Reporter

Waste not, want not

Thailand has become one of the world’s largest garbage dumps after China banned waste imports, including electronics and plastics, from foreign countries in 2017. As a result, waste from many countries that was originally shipped to China is now being redirected to countries in Southeast ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

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 ...

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