Zero plastic waste closer

Zero plastic waste closer

The Department of Pollution Control (DPC) is making progress in drafting the country's first-ever plastic waste management bill, with a goal to make plastic 100% recyclable by 2027.

The DPC has finished holding nationwide public hearings on its proposed draft and says information compiled from participants will be considered by its lawyers working closely with a sub-committee chaired by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's permanent secretary.

If the draft is then approved by the National Board on Environment, it will then be tabled for consideration by the cabinet.

The DPC said the bill would be written based on its strong desire that all waste should yield an economic return.

Wanich Sawayo, director of the DPC's Waste Minimisation Subdivision, said if the draft becomes law it would help to end single-use plastic bags, a key factor in its implementation of 3R, a concept to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

It would also put a focus on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), which requires manufacturers to put their plastic waste to good use, she told the seminar on "Surge in Plastic Waste during Covid-19 and the Roadmap towards Sustainable Plastic Waste Management".

She added: "We hope that the law relating to plastic waste management will be able to enhance the country's circular economy in the future. Valuable plastic must be recycled for further use.

"We also hope to see the country having 100% recycled plastic waste by the year 2027."

Thailand produces about two million tonnes of plastic waste per year, or around 12% of total waste, according to the DPC, of which only 25% is recycled.

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