Thailand to ban single-use plastics from national parksPosted on
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand bans single-use plastics from national parks for the conservation of natural resources. The Notification of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation on the Prohibition of Single-use Plastics from National Parks was published in the Royal Gazette on 5 April 2022 by virtue of the National Park Act, B.E. 2562 (2019).
The notification prohibits bringing and using containers made of foam and single-use plastics including:
• plastic bags with a thickness of less than 36 microns
• plastic food containers
• single-use plastic cups
• plastic straws
• plastic cutlery
The ban has been effective since 6 April 2022 and a fine of up to 100,000 baht would be applied for violation. Reportedly, plastic bags are considered a threat to wildlife as they have been found in the feces of elephants and a body of dead deer.