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Thai environment minister declares war on plastic bags at markets - D-Day July 21st

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Thai environment minister declares war on plastic bags at markets - D-Day July 21st

 

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Thailand has announced its latest "D-Day" in the war against litter.

 

This one is July 21st when the environment minister General Surasak Kanjanarat is declaring war on plastic bags.

 

In the initial face of the battle the Thai authorities will be conducting a charm offensive to stop traders and the public using so many plastic bags at fresh food markets nationwide.

 

Gen Surasak said yesterday that the country uses a staggering 45 billion bags a year.

 

Forty per cent of these are used at fresh food markets. That is around 18 billion bags.

 

So he has decided to start a campaign.

 

It is called: "Doing good from the heart. Less Taking, Less Giving, Less Using Plastic Bags".

 

Signage will be going up at 7,000 markets nationwide. The aim is to reduce plastic bag usage by 20% or 3.6 billion bags at markets by next year. There is also a target to reduce foam container usage by 10% by 2019.

 

Thai Rath also said in their story that some 400,000 convenience stores nationwide make up 30% of plastic bag usage or 13.5 billion bags annually.

 

No mention was made when the government might address the problem at these kind of stores.

 

Thaivisa notes that the term "sai thung" (put it in a bag) is one of the first expressions people learn when trying to master the Thai language.

 

May we suggest that people learn "may (tong) sai thung" (not (necessary to) use a bag) to help the campaign!

 

Source: Thai Rath

 
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Resistance to change,  convenience attitude, 

we all need to do a little more.

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Should avoid making these big statements. Instead work for a few months actually doing something with quantifiable results then say we have started this campaign and so far achieved.....

 

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37 minutes ago, webfact said:

"....the environment minister General Surasak Kanjanarat is declaring war on plastic bags".

This so called "declaration of war" on plastic bags has more to do with being seen to be doing something rather than actually doing anything positive. Nothing more than platitudinous waffle.

All ministers need to play this game from time to time to impress the PM and have him think they are doing their job effectively. 

The frequency of such displays is usually in direct proportion to their ineffectiveness as a Minister. 

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Starting the campaign at food markets maybe isn't the brightest of ideas. Normally the products are not 'dry' and to mix the products in the customer's own bag, as low as the risk maybe, isn't the most hygienic way of bringing wares home. 

 

Especially with the number of reports about the pesticides and other chemicals being used in the growing stages.

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28 minutes ago, Cadbury said:

This so called "declaration of war" on plastic bags has more to do with being seen to be doing something rather than actually doing anything positive. Nothing more than platitudinous waffle.

All ministers need to play this game from time to time to impress the PM and have him think they are doing their job effectively. 

The frequency of such displays is usually in direct proportion to their ineffectiveness as a Minister. 

Aha, I take it that's Cadbury's Law.

Well defined there.

 

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Another joke by the powers that be in Thailand,  Waste of time,  Just STOP USING PLASTIC. PERIOD!

Over ten years ago Hawaii, USA stopped using plastic bags. You never see them anymore.

We go grocery shopping with a reusable canvas bag brought from home.

WAKE UP THAILAND!

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just like any other government when they need to control something.tax the nuts out of it.

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stupid and nonsens thats all only blablabla

 

dont  try reduce  and so on,on  plasticbags

 

the problem is to deep

only solution, for people really want to do a change

 

passing a law now, to prohibite plasticbag use now and completly, as well use of plastic in disposabal articles ( incl bottles)

give the law a timeframe of 3 years to be started

thats given the industrie time to develop alternatives with a  law frame , that would alloud these investments. already there are alternative plastic factorys in place on a small scale here in thailand.

 

impose a tax on imports and production of pvc

on  the other hand  give tax atvantages to the alternative industrie under BOi

 

its easy to replace plastic if their is a will and strong support

 

but ,sorry to tell its hopsless in thailand, and maybe already to late.

 

i am just back from a third world country, where i have in 3 weeks less trash like in 2-3 days in thaland. why?  no plastic on markets and shops, supermarket charge nearly 1 usd for one plasticbag ( incomming for people er day is 2 usd) , alternativly  for 1 usd can buy on the market the ebst ever eat quality fish for the equal of one plasticbag !!  and the natural beaches was  99% waste free there!! ( was an island 1000 sqkm sized), the mainland have many problems too, but not with plastic, more exploitation of natural resources due to proverty and corruption)

 

 

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

environment minister General Surasak Kanjanarat is declaring war on plastic bags. 

OK General, how about Thailand going down this route, on the off-chance you want something more than a photo-opportunity.

I keep posting videos about making non-plastic bags from cassava. Here's yet another one:

 

 

 

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And someone should declare war on people who 'declare  war' initiated by officials in high places who has nothing better to do that to show that they're still relevant by starting a war they can't win....

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Been using enviro  friendly reusable bags for years. Used to incredulous looks from staff when saying "Mai sai tung".

However, nowadays the occassional "Di  maak" and big smiles show some progress.

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32 minutes ago, Surfin CEO said:

Another joke by the powers that be in Thailand,  Waste of time,  Just STOP USING PLASTIC. PERIOD!

Over ten years ago Hawaii, USA stopped using plastic bags. You never see them anymore.

We go grocery shopping with a reusable canvas bag brought from home.

WAKE UP THAILAND!

Yes, this is all fine. However, in Thailand people buy ready-made food which is sold in small plastc bags, how would you handle that?

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The market is a place where plastic bags are quite necessary. The emphasis should be on getting people to recycle and above all, to stop throwing their trash all over. Littering is the biggest issue with plastic pollution in Thailand

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2 minutes ago, Vacuum said:

Yes, this is all fine. However, in Thailand people buy ready-made food which is sold in small plastc bags, how would you handle that?

No problem. The PM could solve it at a stroke: Article 44 to make food illegal.

 

 

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