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Plastic and foam banned in all Thai National Parks JUNE 8

Melbourne, Australia
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Plastic and foam banned in all Thai National Parks JUNE 8

Announced today AND effective today.

Plastic and foam banned from all national parks in Thailand from 8 June 2018.

My guess is Single Use Plastics (SUP) meaning purchased water in bottles, plastic bags, straws and snack food in plastic packs. I'd guess the foam actually means Styrofoam; rather than shaving foam.

Thailand sometimes moves incredibly quickly. Would guess this is a direct result of the last week's dead whale( found to have eaten 8kg of plastic bags then starving to death).

thaitravelblogs.com/2018/…

Finally some good news for the international campaign to beat plastic pollution in Thailand. The Department of National Parks announced on their Facebook page today that they are banning the use of plastic and foam in all national parks from Friday 8th June 2018. The ban includes marine parks and forest parks across Thailand.

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Rawai, Thailand
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1. Re: Plastic and foam banned in all Thai National Parks JUNE 8

Forgive my head being thrown back and rolling eyes.......

In fact, Thailand has some strong laws and rules on many things, so this is no different. The issue Thailand has is that there’s, near enough, zero enforcement of these laws.

As a policeman, when you’re earning 8000 baht a month, what’s the incentive to get out of the air conditioned office and go and do some policing? Nothing at all.

In any case, Thais live by styrofoam packs for food and straws for drinks, so the whole of society ain’t going to change at all.

If you buy a single item at a 7/11, you always get offered a plastic bag to put it in!

Nope, nothing will change.

Kenmare, Ireland
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2. Re: Plastic and foam banned in all Thai National Parks JUNE 8

Im afraid I agree with PBD.

Smoking on beaches is loosely and arbitrarily enforced whilst a blind eye is turned to raw sewage being pumped into the sea and to drunk drivers.

Its all about the optics unfortunately (and more so the tea money)

Leicester, United...
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3. Re: Plastic and foam banned in all Thai National Parks JUNE 8

Agree with 1 & 2.

Thais probably use more plastic bags per capita than any other nationality. Most of the population buy their daily food intake from outlets dispensing it in plastic bags.

At least they are talking about the problem, but enforcement is totally different.

Perth, Australia
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4. Re: Plastic and foam banned in all Thai National Parks JUNE 8

Sad that it won’t be enforced as it’s a excellent iniative

Bangkok, Thailand
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5. Re: Plastic and foam banned in all Thai National Parks JUNE 8

Foam has been banned in national parks for years already. I just got back from Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary (they have the same bans as national parks). Park ranger bought a group's lunch out, it was served inside, you guessed it, foam boxes. Not 10 metres from the NO FOAM sign.

Kyabram
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6. Re: Plastic and foam banned in all Thai National Parks JUNE 8

While in Bangkok sit outside a supermarket checkout and see the extent to which toxic plastic bags are used.They put one plastic bag inside another and so it goes on--- No wonder the rivers and beaches are full of them.When will they grow up --and I haven't even mentioned trapping the rain that falls versus water in plastic bottles

Leicester, United...
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7. Re: Plastic and foam banned in all Thai National Parks JUNE 8

Tomorrow, 3 July, is International Plastic Bag Free Day.

Do the Thais know this? I'm now in Bangkok and it will be interesting to see if there is any awareness of this or better still putting it into practice.

Greater London...
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8. Re: Plastic and foam banned in all Thai National Parks JUNE 8

Why is it that plastic bags is seen as the only problem. Since the charge for single bag use came in in the UK the has been zero effort to reduce over packaging. Why on earth does a cauliflower or a bunch of bananas need to come in its own plastic bag. Put that in a carrier bag and its pure evil.

Today at the airport I bought a usb phone charger cable. Inside the cardboard box is a plastic pointless plastic thing that the cable sits in. No recycling where I am so 2 items are going to land fill. The plastic is pure waste and serves no purpose what so ever. oh and the waste bin has a plastic bag liner. Why isn't that banned along with single use bags.

London, United...
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9. Re: Plastic and foam banned in all Thai National Parks JUNE 8

In all my trips to Thailand I dont think I can ever recall seeing a plastic recycling bin. But lets be honest, its us tourists that buy the water bottles and I shudder to think how many plastic bags an average tourist goes through on a trip to SE Asia. I now carry a small tote bag, which is stronger ang bigger than a plastic but doesnt fold so small as plastic. I would support a small tax on tourists to clean up the awful mess we leave behind if I thought the money was used correctly.

Greater London...
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10. Re: Plastic and foam banned in all Thai National Parks JUNE 8

"In all my trips to Thailand I don't think I can ever recall seeing a plastic recycling bin." You will find that the rubbish is sorted. There is value in selling recyclable material. What awful mess do us tourists leave behind?

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