By The Nation
The minister inspected various areas and witnessed demonstrations, such as non-smoking beach, floating boom, robotic garbage collection, and waste management methods of related authorities and the private sector.
He said the garbage issue has always been a priority and the problem should be solved soon.
“Thailand demonstrated its leadership potential among Asean countries in tackling marine plastic waste by announcing the roadmap for plastic waste management (2018 to 2030) and the Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris,” he said.
Several projects were implemented, including collaboration with the Netherlands on using waste collection technologies in rivers and seas and cooperation with the private sector on waste collection and recycling, he said.
“One of the new projects involves collaboration with over 80 shopping centres on ending the practice of putting customer purchases in plastic bags, starting on January 1 next year,” he added.
Also, Natural Resources and Environment Minister and Mayor of Rayong province Vorawit Suphachokchai, recently led a campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags at Rayong Fair flea market by allowing consumers to exchange their plastic bags for cloth bags.