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People support No Plastic campaign

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - A recent survey shows that most people support the government’s No Plastic campaign, which will start on January 1st, and changing consumer behavior to promote a clean environment

 

The Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Varawut Silpa-archa, said today his ministry has arranged an event to mark Thai Environment Day as well as the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Volunteer Day, which falls on December 4 every year. This year, the event encourages people to take care of the world for future generations.

 

The event is held to show gratitude to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, as he was called "Thailand’s Father of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation" and to promote His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua’s royal policy of doing good deeds for the public and preserving the natural resources and environment. The event encourages people to cut down on the single use of plastic materials.

 

A Suan Dusit Poll conducted a survey on the ban on single-use plastic bags in 2020. The survey was conducted between October 30 and November 15 this year, and involved 2,032 respondents nationwide.

 

According to the survey, 90% of the respondents agreed with the ban, 91.28% said they have changed their consumer behavior, 88.78% were aware of the government’s No Plastic campaign, 86.71% supported the idea of using reusable bags, 77.46% wanted the government to enforce a law to control uses of plastic materials and 61.42% approved the idea of having consumers pay for plastic bags.

 

The Permanent Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment, Jatuporn Buruspat, said today that members of the public will have to be prepared for the ban on single-use plastic bags, starting January 1 2020. Seventy-six companies overseeing department stores, supermarkets and convenience stores have joined the No Plastic campaign and will no longer provide plastic bags that are less than 36 microns thick to their customers.

 

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The government needs to make stronger moves towards punishment for rubbishing and dumping along with restrictions on manufacturers and retailers concerning use of plastic in packaging and products (straws, cups, bottles etc.).  Without top down leadership the bottom up impact will be very limited.  Sigh! 😔

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The problem is that many Thai and even farang are dependent on plastic bags!
I hope that we can drastically decrease the plastic but, I don't believe it, I hope to be surprised!

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According to the survey, 90% of the respondents agreed with the ban, 91.28% said they have changed their consumer behavior,

 

Boy I would say about 91.28% dont use their own bag at the big C where I shop....

Thais love plastic bags.....

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"Seventy-six companies overseeing department stores, supermarkets and convenience stores have joined the No Plastic campaign and will no longer provide plastic bags that are less than 36 microns thick to their customers."

 

I have no problem if they provide plastic bags with at least 36 microns as long as they are free.

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Firstly, the non-issue of plastic bags by the large retailers from Jan 1st is NOT A BAN, just a campaign backed by an agreement signed by a number of companies and associations. Retailers can still issue plastic bags at their own discretion until Jan 1st 2021 when it will become law.

 

However, I'm all in favour of stopping the issue of single use plastic.

 

I was in Tesco's yesterday and was quite surprised that many if not most customers at the checkouts had their own bags.  And guess what ----- most of them were Thais.  It seems that the locals will adapt and get into line while many foreign posters on here will not.  I know whose side I'm on.  

 

Regarding the supermarkets like Tesco's, they do need to provide alternatives for loose veg and fruit that are currently placed in a plastic bag to be weighed.

 

 

 

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While this is welcome news

which will no doubt will cut back on the amount of  waste 

but as said before its what the people do with the plastic bags polystyrene cups containers ect

Will be still dumped on the side roads,  street Klongs that,s where the main problem is

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"The survey was conducted between October 30 and November 15 this year, and involved 2,032 respondents nationwide"

In my opinion, not a realistic reflection. 2,032 is not even the population of my local town here in rural Issan where the single use plastic bag reigns!!

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