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Thailand halts imports of electronic, plastic waste

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Thailand halts imports of electronic, plastic waste

 

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BANGKOK, 25th June 2018 (NNT) – The Department of Industrial Works (DIW) has issued an order prohibiting imports of electronic and plastic waste. 

The DIW Director-General, Mongkol Pruekwatana, said today his department will now inspect 2,240 recycling factories across the country. 

He said the department has issued a prohibition on further imports of electronic and plastic waste effective immediately, and will be proposing to the Ministry of Industry to issue an indefinite ban on these imports in the near future. 

All seven companies authorised for e-waste imports and 26 companies allowed to import plastic waste are now prohibited from making further imports, while all imported items currently stored at ports will have to go through further inspections. 

To date, 37,000 tons of e-waste has already been imported into Thailand this year, in addition to 120,000 tons of plastic waste. Most of the imported e-waste comprises parts of electronic components and circuit boards, with Singapore, and Hong Kong being the main exporters. 

The DIW is also working with the Customs Department to block any further imports of these items into the country, and will be working with local administrations to inspect all 2,240 recycling factories in the country.

 
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4 minutes ago, webfact said:

while all imported items currently stored at ports will have to go through further inspections. 

we all can tell you what they will find, a beautiful variety of 'irregularities'; and they already know it too based on their thai govt knee-jerk reaction, that being the ban

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It has been reported in other unnamed news sources that some current local and national politicians have been found to be mixed up in this toxic waste scam. Furthermore these politicians have been accused of pressuring local authorities to keep away from these unhealthy factories and refrain from inspecting them.

So it must have been sheer co-incidence that in 2016 the PM rushed to use his Article 44 to grant approval for umpteen toxic waste factories to be established willy-nilly in Bangkok and all around the country without any environmental approval. Very extraordinary indeed.........I smell a big fat rat.

This urgent shutdown sounds like they are doing  a "cut and run" while they still have chance and hoping the muck won't come down on top of them.

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According to their usual "enforcement" the outcome is clear: the business becomes more profitable while illegal.

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Yeah Cadbury!  'Other media' pretty much nailed it in yesterdays paper.

Chinese guys buying off Thai pols, hanky panky importations, old tech imported equipment, Burmese workers, no environment inspections.

Chinese entrepreneurship, bribes and Thai corruption, a perfect sewer mix.

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and yet they still produce satang coins, one of the most bizzare idiotic happening.

 

im pretty sure that creates toxic polution...someone in  very high places must own the factory.

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On 6/25/2018 at 7:01 AM, Cadbury said:

It has been reported in other unnamed news sources that some current local and national politicians have been found to be mixed up in this toxic waste scam. Furthermore these politicians have been accused of pressuring local authorities to keep away from these unhealthy factories and refrain from inspecting them.

So it must have been sheer co-incidence that in 2016 the PM rushed to use his Article 44 to grant approval for umpteen toxic waste factories to be established willy-nilly in Bangkok and all around the country without any environmental approval. Very extraordinary indeed.........I smell a big fat rat.

This urgent shutdown sounds like they are doing  a "cut and run" while they still have chance and hoping the muck won't come down on top of them.

Trying to work out if article 44 is used twice, does that make it article 88 or 0.

Are they accumulative or self-cancelling?

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Just now, bluesofa said:

Trying to work out if article 44 is used twice, does that make it article 88 or 0.

Are they accumulative or self-cancelling?

In this case, self-cancelling definitely. He used it to get his political mates into these shonky toxic recycling factories which is + 44 for his money grabbing mates and - 44 for Thailand generally. 

Now that his mates have been sprung he has to issue a new - 44 to quickly get them out of the hole which he created for them which in turn is a +44 for Thailand.

So it balances out all round. It should be called Thailand's Article 44 Corruption Theorem.

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