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What Happens to Used Plastic Bottles in Thailand?

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Hi all,

 

So my fiancé and I save all our used plastic bottles in a big bag for the apartment's cleaning lady who can go to a local shop and sell the bottles for 10 baht per kilo.

 

Why does someone have an interest in buying used plastic in Thailand and what happens with our bottles after they've been sold? 

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Recycled. Along with many other materials, like metals and cardboard etc.

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2 minutes ago, CharlieH said:

Recycled. Along with many other materials, like metals and cardboard etc.

Great! I had no idea plastic recycling was actually a thing here. Happy to know it (hopefully) doesn't just end up in some dumpster or even the ocean. 

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if it is saleable, it will be used (recycled). drinks bottles cleanest and most valuable. alu cans more so. mixed plastics less so, good plastic separated, poor plastic burnt or thrown into river/ sea/ land. 

if she gets 100 baht week, it's her bonus.

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The recycling pick up calls to our home every few weeks and the payment pays the water bill.

Win -win 👍

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So nobody really knows what hapens to the platic bottles. How do they recycle them?

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13 minutes ago, lovelomsak said:

So nobody really knows what hapens to the platic bottles. How do they recycle them?

There are numerous recycling plants in the country.

I do not know the process, but normally plastics are recycled into new products.

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If people come collect them, they will recycle them and everything is fine. 

I have another problem. Where I live they put up 4 different waste bins to throw garbage in. Each of them have printed both in english and thai what they should be used for.

This is the 4 descriptions: Harmful waste, Food scrap, Recycable and Other waste.

That´s a really good idea. There are some problems, though. People do not sort their garbage in their homes. Here goes plastic, paper, batteries and food scrap as well as everything else down in the same bag. After that they go out and throw it. You would assume that they at least would have the brain to throw it in Other waste, but no, they throw them by free choice in the closest waste bin. In reality some people sometimes move one of this bins closer to their homes so they do not have to walk so far to throw their combined unsorted garbage.

Not enough with that madness. here comes more. They only have one type of truck that collects this environmental friendly sorting of garbage. Here they happy guys just jump out every morning and empty all the different bins into the same car. Off they go with a big smile and a work well done. 

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8 hours ago, lovelomsak said:

So nobody really knows what hapens to the platic bottles. How do they recycle them?

lots of info on t'internet.

sorted into different types of plastic

chipped and cleaned

added to about 60 % virgin plastic prior to manufacturing stage.

I have left out distribution and info about manufacturing stage as varies.

as I said, lots of info on t'internet, including why 100% used plastic is not 'preferred' for reuse.

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3 hours ago, Matzzon said:

This is the 4 descriptions: Harmful waste, Food scrap, Recycable and Other waste.
 

Yes, but nobody know what is harmful waste and recyclable.

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They save them for the cold days, every night and morning i smell them getting burned here.

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Certain fast food chains buy them to put in their high volume products. I understand cheese producers here are big customers.

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