The Cambodian Ministry of Environment is set to ban the import, and manufacture of single-use plastic. Items to reduce plastic pollution in the country.
Cambodians are encouraged to use cups and straws made from bamboo, paper or metal. In major cities in Cambodia, pollution of plastic waste is becoming a prominent problem. Cambodians in urban areas use on average more than 2,000 plastic bags per person per year.
This plan is expected to help reduce the consumption of plastic products while improving the economic conditions of households and establishments that produce straws and bags with materials other than plastic such as paper and bamboo.
Speaking after a Mobile Cabinet meeting in the western province of Kanchanaburi on November 12, Government spokesman Narumon Pinyosinwat said the Cabinet had given the green light to a campaign by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to end the distributing single-use plastic bags and will ensure collaboration between relevant agencies.
Local media quoted Ms Narumon as saying that Thailand would ban three types of resins – microplastics, sealed plastic screens and biodegradable plastic made from traditional petroleum-based materials with special additives added at the end. this year. Four other types of plastic, including plastic bags smaller than 36 microns thick, Styrofoam food containers, disposable plastic cups and plastic straws will be banned by 2022.
In addition, the Thai Cabinet also agreed with the proposal of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to stop the distribution of single-use plastic bags to customers at supermarkets and convenience stores from 2020 according to the Roadmap on Plastic waste management in the period of 2018-2030.
The Thai cabinet has directed relevant agencies, including the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ministry of Home Affairs, to raise public awareness about the issue of plastic waste. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is tasked with working with 43 private companies on guidelines for the plastic ban.
Meanwhile, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-archa urged agencies to participate in the campaign and to use paper or canvas bags before Thailand imposed a ban on the use of single-use plastic bags. times in 2021.
It is estimated that every year, Thai people use 45 billion disposable plastic bags. Of this amount, 13.5 billion bags (about 30%) come from supermarkets and convenience stores. In addition, about 30% of disposable plastic bags are sourced from private stores and the rest from street vendors or markets.
Thailand, which ranks sixth on the list of countries with a lot of marine waste, is trying to reduce plastic waste. Recently, many retail groups, leading plastic manufacturing companies and large supermarkets in Thailand have reached an agreement to stop supplying disposable plastic bags to customers from early next year.