The Phuket provincial government announced on January 27th that its Plastic Bag Free Campaign will begin on February 27th. According to the Phuket Gazette, a second Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed and retailers will begin handing out reusable cloth bags. See the story at Phuket Gazette.
In 2004, plastics were the third largest contributor of municipal solid waste at over 15%.(1) By 2006, plastic had moved into the number two spot.(2) Reducing plastic waste will help the Province in managing one of the island's biggest challenges, solid waste management.
Phuket Province is Thailand's largest island and one of the southern provinces. Rubber plantations are a major contributor to the economy. Well known by tourist for its sandy beaches, the Province has a booming tourism industry which contributes heavily to solid waste generation. In fact, studies conducted in 2002 and 2004 showed that hotels were a major contributor to the solid waste problem, generating 22% of solid waste.(3)
See Related: Phuket MoU Plastic Bag Free
(1) The Joint International Conference on “Sustainable Energy and Environment (SEE)”, 1-3 December 2004, Hua Hin, Thailand
(2) The 2nd Joint International Conference on “Sustainable Energy and Environment (SEE 2006)”, 21-23 November 2006, Bangkok, Thailand
(3) MANAGEMENT OF SOLID WASTE FROM HOTELS: A CASESTUDY IN HAT YAI AND PHUKET CITIES, SOUTHERN THAILAND
Cover Photo: Phuket Shore by Andrew Lih from Wikipedia