Plastic bags: No more from the start of 2021
Thai caption: The end of Plastic Bags
The light at the end of the tunnel is coming for the use of plastic bags in Thailand.
Thai media has said that the "D-Day" for the end of single use plastic bags in the kingdom is January 1st 2021.
Thai Public Broadcasting Service reported that an agreement has been inked between the Ministry of the Environment and major retailers like CP Group (7-Eleven), Central and The Mall Group to stop handing out plastic bags by January 1st 2020.
This will result in an immediate 30% reduction in the billions of bags handed out to Thais annually.
Strategies are in place to encourage "mom and pop" stores and fresh food markets to begin to follow suit in the meantime with the aim that Thailand will be plastic bag free by January 1st 2021.
The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry will be working on ways to make the ban on single use plastics a legal requirement.
Ministry head and Chartthaipattana MP Varawut Silpa-archa, a relative of a former prime minister of Thailand, is leading the drive.
Thailand has been named as one of the leading polluters through plastic bags. The country has been cited as the sixth worst polluter of the oceans worldwide.
ThaiPBS said that measures already in place had resulted in 2 billion less plastic bags being used in the last year.
But those were only the first steps - the aim is for a total ban and a complete change in the mindset and behavior of the Thai population.
PM and former PDRC leader Suthep have first encounter for 5 years Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had his first close encounter in over five years with Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban, the former leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, during his visit to Koh Samui in Thailand’s southern...READ MORE...
Nationwide donations for flood victimsTanakorn Sangiam BANGKOK, 14 September 2019(NNT) - People from across the country have continued to donate cash and necessities to help those affected by flooding. In Maha Sarakham, a charity concert has been held with several artists performing to express...READ MORE...
Worries rise as baht scales six-year highBy The Nation The baht continued its upward trend, appreciating to Bt30.42 to the US dollar on Friday, up from Bt30.67 the previous Friday, after having risen to a six-year high of Bt30.36 at some time during the day. Regional currencies also moved up...READ MORE...
Network launches campaign to help women avoid sexual harassmentBy The Nation Nation/Anant Chantarasoot A network of organisations has joined hands to officially launch a campaign seeking people's help in identifying areas in Bangkok city where women could be at risk of sexual harassment, and for...READ MORE...