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Thailand’s countdown to ban on single-use plastic bags

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is encouraging people to cut down on the single use of plastic materials and has disclosed the results of Suan Dusit Poll’s survey on the banning of single-use plastic bags in 2020.

 

The survey was conducted on over 2,000 respondents nationwide. According to the survey, 90 percent of the respondents agreed with the ban and some of them have already changed their consumer behavior. Most of them were aware of the government’s No Plastic campaign which will start on January 1, 2020, and supported the idea of using reusable bags. They also want the government to enforce a law to control use of plastic materials and approved the idea of having consumers pay for plastic bags.

 

The government has a road map for managing plastic waste from 2018-2030, aiming to reduce single-use plastics by 2022 by using environmentally friendly materials and the recycling of plastic waste by 2027. This will reduce the amount of plastic to be disposed of by about 780,000 tons per year, reduce the waste management budget by 3.9 billion baht per year and reduce the emission of carbon dioxide by 1.2 million tons.

 

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1 hour ago, ezzra said:

I want to see what the fresh markets vendors and the street food sellers all over the country going to do now and how are they going to sell you the food? by bringing your own food containers from home?...

Good point Ezzra, I hope they get tough on that soon. This morning i saw the most ghastly thing ever, a super overloaded pickup full of those styrofoam boxes.

That said, the bag ban is wonderful. Hope it is persevered with and gets those who don't give a flying one inconvenienced so that they actually are forced to change.

 

Tough love is long overdue. Hope it's here to stay

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Are they STILL counting down?!

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39 minutes ago, Pilotman said:

utter nonsense.  We all have a problem with plastic bags, which often end up in the oceans of the world. Do you even know that a plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to decompose? 

There are plastic bags that fall apart within a short time. Some shops used them before and when I wanted to reuse them after a while they simply fell apart. Recently on the beach here in Pattaya I looked at the garbage. Mostly empty small water bottles, some straws, parts of plastic fishing nets and other garbage. Almost no plastic bags. But I understand the garbage in the sea problem but I doubt that a plastic bag ban will solve it. Most of the bags come from developing countries with no recycling or even garbage collection. A lot of it comes for instance through the Ganges (according a documentary I saw). And if not even developed countries can't do garbage recycling or don't want to do it then this seems to be the first thing that needs to be addressed. 

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55 minutes ago, Pilotman said:

utter nonsense.  We all have a problem with plastic bags, which often end up in the oceans of the world. Do you even know that a plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to decompose?  It's not just in Thailand, although here the ignorance of the damage being done clearly runs deep, it is worldwide problem. The Earth is drowning in the damn things and it is right that they should be banned. 

I do agree with you but I cant recall them having plastic bags at the Battle of Hastings so always wonder how anyone could proof they last 1,000 years

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26 minutes ago, Beggar said:

There are plastic bags that fall apart within a short time. Some shops used them before and when I wanted to reuse them after a while they simply fell apart. Recently on the beach here in Pattaya I looked at the garbage. Mostly empty small water bottles, some straws, parts of plastic fishing nets and other garbage. Almost no plastic bags. But I understand the garbage in the sea problem but I doubt that a plastic bag ban will solve it. Most of the bags come from developing countries with no recycling or even garbage collection. A lot of it comes for instance through the Ganges (according a documentary I saw). And if not even developed countries can't do garbage recycling or don't want to do it then this seems to be the first thing that needs to be addressed. 

Kenya has not only banned the use of plastic bags but made it a criminal offence to use them.  So much for all developing countries being behind the drag curve.  It's the developed countries that are the problem here, 

 

https://www.dw.com/en/visiting-kenya-a-year-into-its-plastic-bag-ban/a-45254144

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29 minutes ago, Don Mega said:

A good start would be not double bagging and put more than 3 items to a bag.

An I dont need 2 plastic straws for every drink I buy at the 7/11 either.

 

Those little carts parked on the sides of the soi, food vendors ! What shall they use for take away!

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