Author Topic: convenience stores not to use plastic bags on 15th day of each month  (Read 6957 times)

0 Members and 2 Guests are viewing this topic.

Offline thaiga

PM announces plastic-bag-free campaign on World Environment Day

 Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has marked 5 June World Environment Day with the launch of a plastic-bag-free campaign to urge Thai people to help reduce the volume of trash.

Speaking about the campaign, PM Prayut disclosed that the government would seek cooperation from shopping centers and convenience stores not to use plastic bags on the 15th day of each month, so that shoppers would adopt a habit of using cloth bags.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has introduced its 'Green Card' project to persuade buyers and operators to consume and produce more environmentally-friendly products. Holders of the cards will be given points every time they buy eco-friendly products at stores participating in the project, which they may use to get a special deal.

Gen Prayut has also asked education institutions to continue to instill in the youth awareness of trash management and environment

NNT
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline sowhat

so you come out of 7/11 balancing your goods in one hand with no bag.your hot coffee in the other.
nah can't see it happening.
 

Online KiwiCanadian

Any one heard of recycling here???

Works in Canada, once a week they pick up all glass plastic, aluminum & steel cans paper, cardboard all in the same box. That's in eastern Ontario. Paid from my city taxes.

KC
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Much worse on the trash volume are planned obsolescence and fashion, when people need to throw away things after only a short while of use. When I discuss that topic with Thais, they always look like they've never heard of that as problem or can't imagine it to be one.
Fun is the one thing that money can't buy
 

Offline Not A Buffalo

Hi KC,

Recycling in Korat - Yes!
 
I was very surprised the other day in our village ( it was our 1st ever rubbish colllection in the new Bahn in the new village ) and I watched them collec the rubbish...
 
They actually pulled about all the rubbish bags ( sacks ) and split and separted all the paper \ plastic & glass out into different piles!
 
Put a smile on my face - as I was impressed......

Buffy
 

Offline thaiga

Of course they recycle here, it's a big earner for some as in

                               “Khuad ma Khay”

Here is an article from the  Bangkokpost      Published: 15/04/2012

Enterprising collectors find trash means cash

From 'saleng' on the street to multimillion baht businesses, the rise of recycling has created a wealth of opportunities
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline Roger

  • posting on moderation row
  • Korat forum specialist
  • *
  • Posts: 1553
  • Thanked: 34 times
  • Karma: -6
I've always been very impressed with the recycling in Thailand.
I've seen folks going through the blue bins in Korat at 5 am to find bottles and cans.
On the verge of the roads, often far from the towns, you see a collector wandering along picking stuff up. Often these poor folks are very old and infirm - local to me there's two fella's can just about walk at all, aided with a stick, a guy who is obviously mentally impaired, (he 'minces' around Chok Chai area most days), old ladies pushing carts in pairs ............... and so on.
I keep our recycling in sacks to give to these people at the roadside - I have some admiration for the way they labour in this heat to raise cash for maybe a bowl of rice or two.
There are many roadside depots to take the waste from these characters for the recycling system.
You can also see the pick ups loaded to the skies with recycling.
KC in this environment, I think the system is OK. Thailand recycles ok.

As for plastic bags, there is a massive proliferation and the problem needs to be tackled on more than one day a month. Tesco are big offenders - you get a bag with everything and two with some things.
In the UK they promoted a natural fibre bag which you took to the shop and got points on your clubcard if you used it - that's the way forward.

I'm not sure how plastic bags get recycled though ? I've not seen these being collected at roadside much but have seen depots tumbling bags in a revolving cage which I thought was probably a recycling mode.

With the extreme heat, humidity and insects in Thailand, packaging generally has to be good. But more can be done to reduce it

Plastic bags are a massive problem. No real answers in sight yet !
 

Offline thaiga


In the UK they promoted a natural fibre bag which you took to the shop and got points on your clubcard if you used it - that's the way forward.

Tesco promoted here in thailand way back according to theguardian (below) article from June 2010

Thailand fights addiction to plastic bags

Bangkok is holding a 'No Bag, No Baht' campaign to reduce the 600,000 plastic bags the Thai capital consumes every day

Buy a hairpin and the sales clerk has a microscopic plastic bag for it. A soda purchase from a corner store may end up having the liquid poured into a plastic bag, and then topped off with a plastic straw.

Before the 'No Bag, No Baht' project was relaunched, Tesco Lotus already had its very own 'Green Bag Green Point' campaign. For each bag saved, a customer can earn one Green Clubcard point.

Thailand, after all, is a major manufacturer of plastic. That could help explain why even micro-entrepreneurs here think nothing of shoving their merchandise in plastic bags.

BMA figures show that every day, more than 600,000 plastic bags are used in this city of nine million people.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline thaiga

On that note............from The nation

About 50 tonnes of garbage flows into the sea from Thailand every year

ABOUT 50 tonnes of garbage flows into the sea from Thailand every year, but less than two tonnes of that amount is collected later, Depart-ment of Marine and Coastal Resources chief Chonlatid Suraswadi said yesterday, which was World Oceans Day.

The garbage comes mostly from the tourism and fishery sectors, causing dirty beaches and the death of about 300 rare marine animals per year, he said.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Online KiwiCanadian

.........he said.

I think this guy needs to drive a few back roads and see how some of the locals "distribute" there plastic along side the road.

The other day I was at the traffic lights in Joho when a teenage girl on the back of a motorcy finished half of her drink that was in a plastic bag, she spat out some of it and then just dropped the bag on the ground as the lights went green,not even bothering to look behind her to see the mess that she made. :cussing
 

Offline thaiga

Yes KC i've seen that happen many times, also the pickup your behind, loaded with people in the back do the self same thing. Here's a bit more, on garbage.........

For the millionth time, please don't dump your garbage in city drains, officials beg


pic@JS100

Facing more public scorn after Bangkok flooded again, city hall snapped back to tell everyone to please just stop dumping their shit down city drains.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said today it must remove over 1,000 tons of garbage from city drains every day and called on the public to not leave it piled on the streets.

Secretary-General Sanya Cheenimit was discussing the city’s flood preparedness and response today, saying the capital’s expensive flood diversion system should be capable of handling most rainfall. However, he said an ongoing problem and burden has been the volume of garbage clogging storm drains year after year, especially when sudden rains sweep it all in.

"The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is collecting at least 1,000 tons of garbage and debris every day,” he said. “During rainy seasons, the amount has increased.” "We'd like to ask citizens for corporations to dump garbage appropriately because our staff alone cannot pick them all up."

Sanya added garbage was also found in the city’s 166 pumping stations.

He said the most recent giant diversion tunnel is operating and pumping water out of the city into the Chao Phraya river, but can only handle 60 millimeters of rainfall, Post Today reported.

bangkok.coconuts.co
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline Roger

  • posting on moderation row
  • Korat forum specialist
  • *
  • Posts: 1553
  • Thanked: 34 times
  • Karma: -6
KC yes careless littering is rife and it gives Thailand a big problem.
Thankfully an army of wanderers do pick up many of the bottles and cans from bins and at the roadside.
The UK has the same problem with litter discarded from vehicles AND a litter problem too.
I've spent quite a lot of time in Chaing Mai region lately and the litter problem is IMO noticeably better there than in Korat/Bangkok and I've even seen anti-litter notices ! IMO the Govt. ought to try more to inspire better attitudes.

As for recycling, I've seen the bin men grabbing recyclables as the lorry collects and keeping them on the back of the bin lorry for extra cash. Empty Leo crates go in the cab !
So some good things are going on here BUT but a wider policy needs highlighting and tying the ends together together.

I'd just remark that litter/recycling is a worldwide problem.

Thaiga great pics and when the prolonged rains come ?? Strikes me again that the Govt. need to lead attitudes as much as possible.

Just to give you all a laugh - I AM a litter freak and I regularly pick and make up bags of rubbish while walking around the fields etc. with my dogs - causes amusement sometimes I have a stick with a point on to do it and Thais have remarked about the strange falang 'hunting' in the early morning !

 
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Litterbugs will get cursed
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2015, 12:42:08 PM »
Bangkok district puts hex on litterbugs


Lat Krabang district staff erect banners with a message that puts a "curse" on people littering in the area. (Photo by Ladkrabang district BMA Facebook)

Lat Krabang’s district chief Sin Nititadakul has given people a new incentive not to add more litter to a garbage-strewn local street: Litterbugs will get cursed.

White banners erected in the area, featuring a woman's eyes with a message that puts a "hex" on trash-tossers, are the brainchild of Mr Sin, head of the Bangkok district who has tried to solve long-running garbage problems on Soi Rom Klao 23 near Debsirin Romklao School. All sorts of rubbish is repeatedly dumped there.

The message written on the banner reads, "May heaven put a curse on those who illegally dispose of garbage in this area. Ill fortune will befall garbage throwers and their families, while those who keep the area clean will be blessed with luck and prosperity throughout their lives."

Mr Sin on Thursday led a team of district officials to inspect garbage disposal in the area and erect banners to warn people not to throw trash about.

Lat Krabang authorities received cooperation from Debsirin Romklao school executives, teachers and students who took part in collecting garbage.

Bangkokpost
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline thaiga

convenience stores not to use plastic bags on 15th day of each month, i was in tesco lotus express this morning
being the 15th, there is no change there, bags for all.

                           As for those who dump their garbage

By playing the "superstition" card  (post below) they say this approach works.

"Those who dump their garbage and leftovers in the canal, we wish you would always face obstacles in life. Those who don't litter, we wish you eternal success."


Curse succeeds in stopping litterbugs, official says


pic@ JS100

For all the fruitless crackdowns on gambling, traffic, prostitution, pornography, etc., one city official says he has an approach that works: appeal to superstition.

After Lat Krabang district amused us Friday by putting up a sign to hex people who litter, the district chief responded that his simple yet genius solution has worked before.

District Chief Sin Nitithadakul said Saturday this is not the first time he’s threatened to curse citizens who litter, as he pioneered this method when he was chief of Bang Kapi district.

When residents living near Saen Saeb canal completely ignored a sign warning that littering would be punished with a THB10,000 fine last year, Sin set up a sign in September to hex people because he knew Thais would be scared.

"Those who dump their garbage and leftovers in the canal, we wish you would always face obstacles in life. Those who don't litter, we wish you eternal success."

Sin said the amount of garbage in the canal actually decreased, and he was later moved to oversee Lat Krabang district where he decided to continue jinxing the public, Morning News reported.

bangkok.coconuts.co
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Garbage collection fee may be raised to B220
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2015, 10:16:03 AM »
Garbage collection fee may be raised to B220

The government is considering raising more than fivefold the maximum monthly garbage-collection fee to 220 baht per household from 40 baht.

The study on the pros and cons of the increase is being conducted, deputy government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd quoted Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paojinda as saying at a cabinet meeting Tuesday.

Waste management in Thailand is not efficient and the government needs to allocate more funding to improve it, he said.

Gen Anupong said agencies in charge of garbage disposal handled some 26 million tonnes of waste each year, or about 60,000 every day. 

Maj Gen Sansern said the shortfall in waste management costs was about 10 billion baht and local administrations were currently shouldering the burden.

The government needs to explain the situation to the public because if the problem is left unsolved, Thailand could face a garbage crisis and it would be difficult to solve it by then, Maj Gen Sansern said.

“The suitable rate is likely at 220 baht per household per month. The government is conducting the feasibility study and the public should not panic,” Maj Gen Sansern said. “The government has approved in principle the proposal and will look into the detail later.”

A Public Health Ministry law currently caps the collection fee at 40 baht per month. In practice, local administrations, which are responsible for waste management in their localities, collect an average 23 baht per month from each household.

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) recently warned Thailand would face a looming "garbage crisis" if the government fails to allocate more funding to improve waste management

It said local administrations are reluctant to raise the collection fee, or do not even collect it at all, for fear that it will affect their political base in future elections.

Bangkokpost
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: 15 chains launch 'no plastic bag' shopping days
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2015, 01:54:26 PM »
15 chains launch 'no plastic bag' shopping days

Fifteen supermarket chains have agreed on "no plastic bag" shopping days on the 15th of each month, to reduce usage of plastic bags and the pollution they cause.

Pavinee Punnakanta, director-general of Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, said shoppers at the 15 chains participating in the promotion must provide their own bags on those days.

The 15 chains are B2S, CP All which operates 7-Eleven convenience stores, Big C Superstore, The Malls Group, Foodland, Siam Makro, Robinson, Central, Central Food Retail, Central Marketing Group, Rangsit Plaza, CRC Thai Watsadu, CRC Sports, Power Buy and Ekachai Distribution System Co, which operates Tesco Lotus discount stores.

full article: Bangkokpost
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline takeitor

Re: convenience stores not to use plastic bags on 15th day of each month
« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2015, 10:41:42 AM »
These campaigns are only starting to work in the UK and elsewhere because the customers are given an incentive to use their own bags...usually through loyalty card schemes.  I can only imagine that doing this once a month will either just piss people off who forget which day it is, or be ignored to avoid confrontation.  Also the shops need to sell "bags for life", or a suitable alternative to replace them.
It's taken 10 years of this sort of thing to bring some reduction of use elsewhere - I wonder how long it will take here. :uhm
 

Offline thaiga

Re: convenience stores not to use plastic bags on 15th day of each month
« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2015, 11:59:22 AM »
I think these campaigns are targeted mostly in bangkok, it was bags plentiful as usual when i shopped @ my local tesco lotus express on the 15th.

As takeitor posted - I can only imagine that doing this once a month will either just piss people off who forget which day it is

Macro seem to manage it ok,  why because everyone knows about it. So if they want to make an impact do the same. NOoooooooooo  bags  fullstop.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: convenience stores not to use plastic bags on 15th day of each month
« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2015, 12:36:37 PM »
Private sector joins the government's plastic-bag-free campaign

The private sector has responded to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's policy to reduce the use of plastic bags, by launching a plastic-bag-free campaign yesterday.

The campaign was aimed at encouraging the public to kick the plastic habit. The ministry set to make 2015 a year of reducing foam and plastic bags and assigned the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion to follow up the policy to ensure tangible outcomes.

Fifteen leading department stores throughout the country have reportedly joined the campaign, which is also well-received by the public.

Senior Vice President of CP All Public Company Limited Suwit Kingkaew implored customers of its 7-Eleven convenient stores to join the cause by bringing their own fabric bags, containers or any kind of pouch.

Surveys show there are about 2.7 million tons of plastic and foam waste a year, or 7,000 tons daily. Out of the amount, more than 80 percent are plastic bags which require as long as 450 years to decompose.

NNT
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Tesco saved 1m plastic bags Saturday
« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2015, 05:45:39 PM »
Tesco saved 1m plastic bags Saturday

Discount retailer Tesco Lotus said it saved a million plastic bags in the first day of a government campaign to stop use of disposable sacks on the 15th of every month.

The Department of Environmental Quality Promotion has enrolled 15 retailers in the programme that began Saturday.

Charkrit Direkwattanachai, Tesco Lotus' head of corporate communication and sustainability, said the company has set a goal to save 40 million plastic bags in 2015 under its own "proud not to use plastic bags" campaign.

full article: Bangkokpost
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: convenience stores not to use plastic bags on 15th day of each month
« Reply #20 on: September 16, 2015, 02:56:38 PM »
one more day to the plastic bag free day on the 30th day of the month, in addition to the 15th day

Two plastic bag free days in a month to be set

The Department of Environmental Quality Promotion says Thai shoppers have helped to reduce the use of 1.78 million plastic bags when the country started the first plastic bag free day campaign on August 15.

full article: englishnews.thaipbs.or.th
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

 



Thailand
Statistics