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Will plastic bag scheme help Phuket?

PHUKET CITY: -- Some said it could never happen, but starting on December 4 most of the island’s major retailers will begin charging customers for plastic bags.

Already on board with the project are Central, Big C, Tesco-Lotus, Makro, Supercheap and Jungceylon.

Starting on December 4, most major retailers on the island will begin charging customers one or two baht for plastic bags. It is hoped the charge will result in a significant drop in the amount of plastic that reaches the island’s incinerator at Saphan Hin.

Do you think this initiative will cut down significantly on the approximately 500 tonnes of garbage sent to the island’s incinerator every day?

Have your say in the latest Phuket Gazette Reader’s Poll by clicking here and casting your vote:

http://www.phuketgazette.net/poll/

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-- Phuket Gazette 2009-11-16

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Very good move. I hope it catches on and spreads throughout the country.

Unfortunately it doesn't include the worst givers of plastic, 7-Eleven, where you get a bag regardless of the size of your purchase, plastic bags inside plastic bags, a plastic straw if you buy a litre of milk etc.

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Very good move. I hope it catches on and spreads throughout the country.

Unfortunately it doesn't include the worst givers of plastic, 7-Eleven, where you get a bag regardless of the size of your purchase, plastic bags inside plastic bags, a plastic straw if you buy a litre of milk etc.

i think part of the staff training at 7/11it is that every customer has to leave with at least one bag. i sometimes take my stuff out of the bag and leave on the counter but many times they don't use it on another customer, they just throw it away!

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About time too - sick of plastic bags and the smell of burning plastic by the beech from the local dumps!

here they burn the plastic around the corner, a lot people complained but police can't do anything because it is between two areas and police does not know who is responsible.....

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That's great news! I really hope it works, and I wish more countries/cities would do this. As a person who moved from a "free plastic bag country" to a "pay for bags country" in the past, I can say that it definitely worked for me. I made it a habit to bring cloth bags to the store with me, or at least to reuse plastic bags I already had.

As madmitch pointed out, it would be great if 7-11 did the same. I was in there recently and bought a pack of gum. Before I could stop the guy, he had put my tiny pack of gum in a plastic bag. I often give the bags back, but the salespeople look really confused. I sometimes see them take my bag back and throw it in the trash can. So frustrating!

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Fantastic and very very positive move. Now we start in Thailand what we did for many centeryies ago in the west.

But hopefully it is not too late for Thailand and Asia. However the big ????? comes now.

Do we really think that Thai people are capable to change and start to realize that they are acually killing their own grandkids when dumping and throwing all plastic around the whole of Thailand.

What suprices me is that it is the big stores that do this and consider the enviroment, when in fact I was hoping that maybe the King and his family could take this step and informing and begging the people of Thailand, to start clean up and stop all garbagedumping everywhere.

Glegolo

Good luck Thailand...

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This will require some heavy training of the Tesco employees.. It's not the customers who pack into bags, the Tesco employees love to pack a single item in each bag. Things already bagged (could be dog food, rice, washing detergent etc) they are especially of packing into a smaller useless bag with a Tesco logo on it.

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Why not paper bags? Yes, I know it uses wood but at least it is biodegradable. You get paper in Central, The Mall, and Robinson's in certain counters.

In other countries, I have been asked, "paper or plastic?" I normally chose paper other than good for the environment.

Sounds like another way to gouge the customer, be he/she Thai or otherwise.

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Very good move. I hope it catches on and spreads throughout the country.

Unfortunately it doesn't include the worst givers of plastic, 7-Eleven, where you get a bag regardless of the size of your purchase, plastic bags inside plastic bags, a plastic straw if you buy a litre of milk etc.

1.) the big retailers surely make a step into the right direction.

2.) whenever i buy something a 7/11 and it's only 1 or two items, i either tell them 'no big' or grab the items off the counter before they can give me any plastic bag... and if they give me straws i either tell them that i don't need any or just take them out of the bag (if i got one) and put them on the counter...

also, and this is currently in all the stores: where they do with one bag only, they give you three...

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I got a couple of cloth bags a year or so ago when Carrefour had them on special. Then they disappeared. Since then, every time I go, I use the cloth bags and am met with bewilderment with how to use the bags! They are easier to carry as you can load them up without the material cutting into the hands. I would say that the worst givers of plastic are the fruit and other street vendors. I use the plastic bags as rubbish bags, regardless of the size.

I may get some green cloth bags sent from Australia where I had 4 them. They are square with a slightly stiff plastic base. It was a lot better than Carrefour was selling.

Many times I don't think about or organise to take bags with me. It's a pain to carry a bag around with in the case I buy something!?! It looks like it isn't going to change much but people will end up complaining about the rising costs. It takes a lot of discipline to take the things, especially on a motorcycle, and then to take them inside the shop when you know that you will be making a problem at the checkout.

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How will 7-11 cope? They love giving you a bag for your box of smokes, chocolate bar and oh yes the straws - ever noticed how if you buy a big bottle of water, they give you heaps of the bloody things?

They have alot to answer for.

The Thais should do their bit too - many a time have i seen them come out of 7-11 with their bag, only to throw it straight by the side of the road. Nice. :)

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