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INSIDE THAILAND
Encouraging Public Participation in Reducing Waste at Tourist Sites

14 August 2018 (Readers 575)

    

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has called for public participation in reducing waste, especially plastic pollution, at various tourist sites across the country.

 

In his national address on 10 August 2018, the Prime Minister said that a campaign had been launched to create environmental awareness and encourage tourists to share responsibility for natural resources and the environment.

 

The public and private sectors, as well as the peoples sector, have also joined a project for plastic and garbage management on a sustainable basis. All relevant government agencies, such as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and the Ministry of Interior, have been told to get rid of as much waste as possible.

 

As Thailand still faces the problem of garbage collection, he stressed the need for the public sector to provide local communities with knowledge about effective waste separation. Waste management must be emphasized to make greater use of garbage. More than 300 trash incinerators will be built in 77 provinces in Thailand.

 

Starting from 12 August 2018, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is encouraging visitors to reduce consumption of single-use plastics at all 154 national parks in Thailand. This initiative covers plastic and foam bags, food containers, capped water bottles, and utensils essentially any item that is typically used one time and then thrown away.

 

The campaign against single-use plastics by the department was seen as a major move in the right direction to protect Thailands natural and scenic beauty now and in the future. A series of banners, in Thai in the initial stage, has been produced to help spread awareness of the new initiative at the countrys national parks. These encourage people to think of the harm the plastic they throw away will do to the environment, and to instead act in an environment-friendly way.

 

Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Yuthasak Supasorn said that Thailand is blessed with a landscape abundant in natural beauty, and that the importance of protecting this environment cannot be understated. Therefore, the TAT calls on all tourists, local and international, to say no to plastic bags and other single-use items. They should instead opt for bags, utensils, and drink bottles that can be used again and again.

 

 

 

 

 


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