BANGKOK, 3 July 2019(NNT) - The Prime Minister has called on all sectors to help reduce the use of plastic bags, and encourage the use of environmentally-friendly materials instead.
The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha asked the general public, retailers, and business operators to lessen the use of plastic bags on the occasion of the International Plastic Bag Free Day on 3 July.
He has expressed his appreciation of businesses running campaigns to reduce the number of plastic bags, especially the Altruistic Heart plastic bag usage minimization campaign, resulting in a reduction of 1.5 billion plastic bags that would have created 2,700 tons of waste.
The Prime Minister said today the government has a 2018-2030 roadmap in place aiming to replace plastic bags with other forms of environmentally-friendly carry-bags. The usage of plastic bags of less than 36 microns thickness, foam food containers, plastic straws, and single-use plastic cups, is slated to be discontinued in 2022.
"Government agencies have started a campaign on no plastic bags, and will continue their efforts with private companies, however the most important point is changing the people’s behavior. The general public are now more aware of the issue, and are asked to refrain from taking plastic bags from convenience stores and shopping malls."
The Prime Minister added that the government will escalate its measures from encouraging people to refrain from using plastic bags, to prohibiting plastic bags in stores, in order to achieve the goal earlier than 2022, helping solve land and marine pollution issues. The success of the effort will depend on cooperation from all sides.