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Dozens of plastic containers per person in state quarantine

Caitlin Ashworth

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…and the rest of us haven’t been helping the plastic problem either.

Thailand started the year eco-friendly by banning single-use plastic bags. All good, but with “stay at home” orders and mandated quarantines, plastic waste has been increasing. One Thai artist, who stayed in a state quarantine facility, added up all the plastic containers and bottles he used during his isolation. He had more than 100.

“I thought of this trash being multiplied by the thousands of people that had to go in state quarantine,” Henry Tan told Khaosod English.

“Just my flight alone resulted in 200 people in quarantine.”

If all 200 used just as much waste as Tan, that’s more than 20,000 pieces of plastic waste.

Tan had to be quarantined after arriving back to Thailand from Japan. He stayed at the Palazzo Bangkok hotel. Meals were left outside his door 3 times a day, usually in a plastic box with plastic cutlery and condiments in plastic. Han took photos of the plastic containers and bottles laid out on the floor, as well as many of his meals served in plastic containers, and posted the photos on Facebook.

Plastic waste has been increasing since the pandemic, with a surge in delivery and takeaway orders. The director of Thailand Environment Institute said last month that the amount of plastic pollution has increased to 6,300 tonnes per day, Coconuts Bangkok reported last month that it was 1,500 tonnes per day before the pandemic.

SOURCES: Khaosod English | Coconuts Bangkok

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Posted by Henryandpartners on Sunday, 24 May 2020

 

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    Alex Turbine

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    So why not rinse and return for re-use? Meal collection people could have collected and recycled via restaurant or as segregated rubbish. The photo shows basic if not better cleaning, all cofood containers look to be stackable making periodic (weekly?) collection more simple. Shame on Tan for not making best options!

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      Timothy Walker

      Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      Tan looks to have cleaned out each and every one of the containers he has finished.
      Can he be blamed to what happens to them after they have been collected. He wouldn’t be allowed out to dispose of them.

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    Kelvin Bamfield

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    there are many excessive costs to the CV19 many.

    The cure is worse that the virus

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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