Lessons From Kenya’s War Against Plastic for Thailand

Late last month, the National Environment Management Agency (Nema) slapped a ban on the use of polythene bags — those one-time-use bags known in Thai as toong gobgaeb. With the ban that took effect after a six-month grace period, Nema put in place harsh and extreme measures to enforce it — so extreme that recycling and reuse have been ruled out

Anyone in possession of such bags can faces a hefty fine of up to four million shillings (around 1.3 million baht) and/or a jail term. The blanket ban applies to both manufacturers and users.

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