Bag campaign 'not consistent with reality'

Bag campaign 'not consistent with reality'

This is the first use for plastic bags. Usually, it's also the last use and who knows where they will end up - packing a landfill or killing sea life? (File photo)
This is the first use for plastic bags. Usually, it's also the last use and who knows where they will end up - packing a landfill or killing sea life? (File photo)

"It's inconsistent with reality," shoppers and traders cried as they continue to ignore a state campaign to reduce one-time-use plastic bags that began on Saturday.

In the latest effort to curb the use of plastic waste, the government focused on fresh markets, blaming them for producing massive amounts of this kind of waste.

It's a far cry from success; a failure, I would say. As my colleagues reported on Saturday from Klong Toey market, one of the busiest trading places in the country, it's business as usual for shoppers and traders who stubbornly said "no" to the campaign, saying it's not convenient.

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Ploenpote Atthakor

Former editorial page Editor

Ploenpote Atthakor is former editorial pages editor, Bangkok Post.


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