Thailand plans to ban Plastic scrap imports by 2021


BANGKOK (Scrap Register): Thailand plans to join other Southeast Asian countries and ban import of Plastic scrap by 2021.

Since China ban import of Plastic scrap, large exporters like the UK, Japan and the United States increased their reliance on Thailand as plastic waste importer. China stopped almost all its plastic scrap imports in January.

The ban was initially announced in June and it would be introduced within two years.

Thailand’s move came after public outcry in the country over recycling plants and importers flouting regulations and bringing contaminated plastic into the country for processing.

According to Greenpeace the amount of plastic waste the UK sends to the Thailand rose from 123 tonnes in January to April 2017, to 6,810 tonnes in the same period this year.

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