• November 6, 2020 | 11:54 AM

    Thailand News Brief and Action Alert / Thailand Climate Leader 2019: Dr. Wijarn Simachaya

    Dr. Wijarn Simachaya is currently serving as the President of Thailand Environment Institute (TEI). He is the former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), Thailand. Dr. Simachaya has played an active role in facilitating climate change and environment-related policies in Thailand. To formulate these policies, he serves as a prominent member of the Thailand Bio-diversity Network Alliance Advisory Committ...
  • September 8, 2020 | 05:11 PM

    Environmentalists concerned with rise of takeaway trash during lockdown

    How much plastic do you toss in the garage bin when you’re done eating your takeaway order? An environmentalist says 1 person throws away about 1.5 kilograms of trash each day. With many stuck at home during the lockdown period, food delivery sales skyrocketed, but so did the amount of trash each person throws away. Thai environmentalists are concerned and are now calling on the government to do something about it. Thailand’s plan ...
  • August 27, 2020 | 11:22 AM

    Dialogue Forum 5 discusses surge in plastic waste post COVID-19

    BANGKOK(NNT) - Environmental academics have raised concerns about a significant increase in plastic waste from delivery services. With one person generating about 1.15 kilograms of waste daily, they have called on the government to take action. Environmental organizations have come together at the Dialogue Forum 5, where they discussed the significant increase in plastic waste due to the COVID-19 lockdown, and brainstormed ideas for a sust...
  • June 4, 2020 | 06:47 PM
  • May 29, 2020 | 09:39 PM

    Coronavirus Worsens Thailand's Plastic Waste Crisis

    A food delivery courier packs an order in Bangkok on March 25, 2020, after the government limited restaurants to takeout during the COVID-19 pandemic. MLADEN ANTONOV / AFP / Getty Images By Tanika Godbole Southeast Asia is one of the biggest sources of plastic waste from land to the ocean, and Thailand is among the top five contributors. In January, Thailand placed a ban on single-use plastic, and was looking to reduce its plastic waste by ...
  • May 26, 2020 | 05:41 PM

    Want not, waste not

    Happy to see bubble milk tea delivered to her doorstep every day, little did Ae* realise that her sweet treat was part of a mountainous increase in plastic waste. An order of pearl milk tea means five plastic pieces -- a cap, a cup, a straw, straw wrap and a plastic bag -- equivalent to around 150 plastic pieces for a month's orders. Home-isolation and other measures implemented during the Covid-19 outbreak have forced a large number...
  • May 26, 2020 | 09:12 AM

    Plastic piles up in Thailand Pandemic efforts sideline pollution fight | Bangkok waste up 62%

    Thailand began the year with a ban on single-use plastic bags that Bangkok office worker Nicha Singhanoi hoped would cut back the waste that puts her country among the world’s top five choking the oceans with plastic. Then the coronavirus pandemic forced school closures and authorities told people to stay home, and far from falling, Bangkok’s plastic waste has soared 62% in volume in April, as more people opt for food and goods to be ...
  • May 13, 2020 | 09:08 AM

    Asia Food delivery services add tonnes of plastic to Thailand’s landfills during COVID-19 crisis

    BANGKOK: Since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, having food delivered at one’s doorstep has become a new normal for many peoplein Thailand. But while food delivery services offer more options and convenience to consumers, they have also added tonnes of plastic to Thailand’s struggling waste management system. Before the health crisis hit, the Southeast Asian country generated about 5,500 tonnes of plastic waste per day, accord...
  • May 12, 2020 | 01:55 PM

    Plastic piles up in Thailand as pandemic efforts sideline pollution fight

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand began the year with a ban on single-use plastic bags that Bangkok office worker Nicha Singhanoi hoped would cut back the waste that puts her country among the world’s top five choking the oceans with plastic. Then the coronavirus pandemic forced school closures and authorities told people to stay home, and far from falling, Bangkok’s plastic waste has soared 62% in volume in April, as more people opt ...
  • May 11, 2020 | 03:06 PM

    Plastic use soaring in pandemic

    Each year, around 27.8 million tonnes of solid waste is generated in Thailand. This is equivalent to 1.13 kilogrammes of rubbish per capita per day, of which 12-13% is plastic waste. In Bangkok, plastic waste accounts for approximately 20% of the 10,500 tonnes of trash collected each day -- roughly about 2,000 tonnes. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the amount of municipal waste collected in urban areas, such as Bangkok and other tourist hotsp...
  • April 27, 2020 | 09:53 AM

    Coronavirus: With tourists gone, wildlife makes a comeback in Thailand

    Tan Hui Yee Indochina Bureau Chief BANGKOK - It's the time of the year when millions of tourists usually swarm Thailand's beaches, wade into the sea, troop through forests and soak in waterfalls. This year, with national parks closed and people cooped up at home to containthe coronavirus pandemic, wildlife is getting a breather - and venturing further out. Park officials across Thailand have recorded increased sightings of ...
  • Febuary 5, 2020 | 06:23 PM

    Plastics factories feel bag ban pain

    An unusual quiet has settled over the production line at Pack and Save, a factory producing plastic bags in Pathum Thani province. Orders have shrunk 90% since the government introduced a campaign to ban single-use plastic bags in department stores and convenience shops early last month, says the company. The factory's customers include retail giants like Central Department Store and The Mall Group, both of which stopped giving out sing...