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Phuket food-delivery boom raises concerns of disposable waste explosion

By The Phuket News

 

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Assoc Prof Pun Thongchumnum PhD, Vice President of the Prince of Songkla University Phuket Campus, called for an immediate policy shift to curtail the use of non-environmentally friendly food packaging used by food-delivery companies in Phuket. Photo: PSU Phuket Campus

 

PHUKET: The fast-rising popularity of food-delivery services in Phuket has raised serious concerns over the volume of plastics and other non-environmentally friendly packaging used by the companies delivering food across the island by motorbike.

 

A survey by the Prince of Songkla University Phuket Campus found that there are currently three food-delivery service providers in Phuket, employing more than 2,850 drivers with over 1,000 participating restaurants using the platforms.

 

According to the survey, conducted on Oct 19-22, 48.15% of the food-packaging boxes used by food delivery services in Phuket were foam, 25.68% were plastic and only 26.17% were paper.


Read more at https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-food-delivery-boom-raises-concerns-of-disposable-waste-explosion-73569.php#hcVfpGClhQ2Uf7vB.99 

 

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Not sure you can blame food delivery services.  As mentioned above, blame the society of toss it in the bushes( gutter, road, beach, river etc.) and it goes away mentality.

Finally ...someone has recognized the real plastics problem....street vendor and restaurant 'take away food',  now the hard part ,changing a Nations habits...

How on earth is this going to solve the problem ? All it would do is put the price up. A total ban on polystyrenes would be a good starting place including packing in electrical goods. 

28 minutes ago, Rimbuman said:

Changing this Nations habits can be done.

Televising educational info about how bad it looks to leave their garbage at just almost any place that's convenient for them.

Enforced littering laws with fines that make sense.

Place garbage bins where needed. 

Collect and recycle/incinerate the garbage efficiently and there are likely some other good ideas. 


No country should buy new high speed trains and submarines, before they have a proper recycling/incineration system in place!  Even solving environment issues can generate huge kick backs.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

According to the survey, conducted on Oct 19-22, 48.15% of the food-packaging boxes used by food delivery services in Phuket were foam, 25.68% were plastic and only 26.17% were paper.

 

Maybe the food delivery providers should stipulate that to sign-up to the service food establishments must use 100% bio-degradable packaging, and use that as a marketing strategy.

But then we all know it's nigh on impossible to get the mind-sets to change.

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