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Plastic bags: No more from the start of 2021

 

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Thai caption: The end of Plastic Bags

 

The light at the end of the tunnel is coming for the use of plastic bags in Thailand.

 

Thai media has said that the "D-Day" for the end of single use plastic bags in the kingdom is January 1st 2021. 

 

Thai Public Broadcasting Service reported that an agreement has been inked between the Ministry of the Environment and major retailers like CP Group (7-Eleven), Central and The Mall Group to stop handing out plastic bags by January 1st 2020. 

 

This will result in an immediate 30% reduction in the billions of bags handed out to Thais annually.

 

Strategies are in place to encourage "mom and pop" stores and fresh food markets to begin to follow suit in the meantime with the aim that Thailand will be plastic bag free by January 1st 2021. 

 

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry will be working on ways to make the ban on single use plastics a legal requirement. 

 

Ministry head and Chartthaipattana MP Varawut Silpa-archa, a relative of a former prime minister of Thailand, is leading the drive. 

 

Thailand has been named as one of the leading polluters through plastic bags. The country has been cited as the sixth worst polluter of the oceans worldwide. 

 

ThaiPBS said that measures already in place had resulted in 2 billion less plastic bags being used in the last year. 

 

But those were only the first steps - the aim is for a total ban and a complete change in the mindset and behavior of the Thai population. 

 

Source: ThaiPBS

 

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21 minutes ago, 2long said:

Please no Thai bashing.

This may be a small and late step, but it's a step in the right direction and a good thing.

agreed. everyone should pitch in to make it work. the sucky thing is having to buy garbage bags

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I am not in favour of government restrictions and regulations, when I look at the beaches in Thailand, I think that this is a move long over due. And why wait until 2021? This should be a ban of immediate effect, along with plastic bottles, straws, carrying containers, etc.  The billions/trillions being spent on the illusion that is termed "global warming" could be much better spent on the tangible and obvious harm that ignorant people (Thais and foreigners alike) do to the environment through carelessness and laziness.  It is a horrible trait of human beings to want someone else (most often the government, especially if they don't pay for it (i.e., college students)) to bring about change, while ignoring their own responsibility for the problem and refusing to change their behavior in any significant way -- "what I do isn't enough to cause (or solve) the problem". A move in the right direction, but a major/complete change in the focus of "environmental protection" is what is really required, in Thailand and throughout the world. 

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Like someone said already, it will be hard to implement without a viable, working alternatives, education the people that this is a must do and not a choice, all in all, i personally don't see it happening without a lot of discontent and grumblings...

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4 minutes ago, smedly said:

everyone agrees with the concept but it is only workable if a viable alternative is found

 

and plastic bags are only part of the problem

There were "viable alternatives" before plastic bags became common place -- paper bags. There are paper and bio-degradable alternatives readily available to everything made of plastic today, perhaps with the exception of straws. My kids use, wash and reuse metal straws, and they work fine. I have never used a straw in my life (at least that I can remember), and so long as cups, glasses and bottles can be tipped, I do without them just fine. There may be a minor cost/price issue, but the alternatives are there, NOW. 

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7 minutes ago, ezzra said:

Like someone said already, it will be hard to implement without a viable, working alternatives, education the people that this is a must do and not a choice, all in all, i personally don't see it happening without a lot of discontent and grumblings...

What complete nonsense. Plastic bags being used commonly is a relatively new phenomenon. The lightweight plastic bags debuted in the USA in 1976, and many of America's largest food store chains were switching from paper to plastic bags by 1982. By 1985, 75 percent of US supermarkets were offering plastic bags to their customers. Lots of "discontent and grumbling"? Deal with it.....

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I agree with this ban on plastic, but how are they going to get the mom and pop stores and the yokels to stop offering them

we have a small shop and i get told off when i complain that if people buy more than one small item, they are put in a plastic bag

Same with drinks, plastic cup, plastic top, plastic straw, plastic spoon, plastic holder

I get funny looks at Tesco and 7-11 when i refuse a plastic bag, when all i have bought is either some milk, which has a carry handle built in, or a sandwich

I provide a large waste bin for our customers, and most of the waste is plastic, but with an awful lot just thrown on the road as they walk away too

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40 minutes ago, vinniekintana said:

Nanny state without any of the benefits of nanny states.

The worst of both worlds.

 

My thought exactly! Tax your soft drinks because sugar is bad for you and no cheap very convient plastic bags and straws because we say so! We know what is good for you!! 

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