Plastic bags captured near the RCA entertainment district on Kamphaeng Phet 7 Road, Thailand.(Source: Bangkok Post)

Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s Government is considering a levy on plastic bags to reduce their consumption and pollution.

Other alternatives to address the plastic issue include making thinner ones and using biodegradable bags.

These options are part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) expected to be signed between the country’s Finance Ministry and the Thai Retailers Association. Under the pact, a steering committee on the issue will be established.

The sides will discuss the matter at their upcoming meeting next week.

Of 27.4 million tonnes of waste Thailand discharged into the environment last year, two million tonnes were plastic. Plastic bags accounted for 13 percent of marine litter in 2015, well above the figures for food packaging (8 percent) and straws (10 percent).

According to date of the Environmental Quality Promotion Department, daily plastic bag usage per person averages 8.7 bags in Bangkok.-VNA