Thailand has approved a roadmap to tackle plastic waste by 2030 (Illustrative photo: AFP/VNA)

Bangkok (NNT/VNA) - The Thai Cabinet has approved a roadmap to tackle plastic waste in the years 2018-2030 to reduce the use of plastic and end the use of certain types of plastic because of its increasing harm to the environment.

The roadmap includes plans to reduce and ultimately eliminate three types of plastic currently in use. They were identified as bottle seals, OXO-biodegradable plastic and microbeads in 2019.

Besides, the Roadmap also includes quitting the use of four types of plastic in 2022: plastic bags, foam boxes, single-use plastic cups and plastic straws. 

The expected result is to reduce plastic waste by around 0.78 of a tonne per year, saving about 3,900 million baht in the waste management budget per year; reducing landfill space for plastic waste disposal of around 2,500 rai, and reducing green house gas emissions. – NNT/VNA