Thailand: Roadmap to tackle plastic waste approved

VNA
The Thai Cabinet has approved a roadmap to tackle plastic waste in the years 2018-2030 to reduce the use of plastic and end the use of certain types of plastic because of its increasing harm to the environment.

Thailand has approved a roadmap to tackle plastic waste by 2030 (Illustrative photo: AFP/VNA)

Thailand has approved a roadmap to tackle plastic waste by 2030 (Illustrative photo: AFP/VNA)

The roadmap includes plans to reduce and ultimately eliminate three types of plastic currently in use. They were identified as bottle seals, OXO-biodegradable plastic and microbeads in 2019.

Besides, the Roadmap also includes quitting the use of four types of plastic in 2022: plastic bags, foam boxes, single-use plastic cups and plastic straws.  

The expected result is to reduce plastic waste by around 0.78 of a tonne per year, saving about 3,900 million baht in the waste management budget per year; reducing landfill space for plastic waste disposal of around 2,500 rai, and reducing green house gas emissions. 

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