Thailand has announced that by the end of 2019, the country will be completely free of 3 types of plastic – cap seals, microbeads and oxo-degradable plastics.
And this step in the right direction is not the end of it – by 2022 a further 4 types of singles use plastics will also be banned – styrofoam food containers used for takeaways, plastic straws, plastic cups, and lightweight plastic bags (less than 36 microns thick) – according to The Plastic Waste Management Road Map 2018-2030.
The road map also includes a plan for Thailand to use 100% recycled plastic by 2027 in various forms, including turning waste into energy.
The Cabinet has accepted the road map and has assigned the Natural Resource and Environment Ministry to come up with an action plan for plastic waste management, to keep it in line with the 20-year national strategy.
The Cabinet also requested details on the role of related agencies in the integration of the work for managing plastic waste, which will require huge participation from the private and business sectors.
All related state agencies will start working on the various mechanisms needed to propel this forward, such as good understanding and communication between agencies, and implementing a public relations campaign via social media to achieve the set goals, according to the Cabinet.
The work procedure has to consider life-cycle plastic waste management, so that the right steps are taken from the very start, with plastic products designed by applying the “Eco Design” approach, manufacturing and post-consumption disposal which will take into consideration garbage separation, storage and transport, recycling, and proper disposal.
The Department of Environmental Quality Promotion states that Thailand generates as much as 1.14 kilogram of garbage per head per day, contributing towards 27 million tonnes of waste each year.
Most of the plastic waste finds it’s way into the oceans, accounting for 16% of garbage in the seas.
SOURCE: The Nation