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Greenpeace Thailand names 5 local companies “top plastic polluters”

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After collecting thousands of pieces of plastic waste, Greenpeace Thailand found that the majority of the trash comes from 5 Thai Companies, naming them the “top plastic polluters.”

Volunteers from Greenpeace collected plastic waste from Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai and Wonnapa beach in Chon Buri. Out of the 13,001 pieces of plastic was collected, they say most of the waste traced back to 5 Thai companies: CP Group (which operates Thailand’s 7-Eleven convenience stores), Dutch Mill Company, Osotspa (which produces M-150 drinks), TCP Group and Lactasoy.

This is the third year that Greenpeace Thailand and each year they find the same types of plastic from the same companies, according to leader of the organisation’s “Plastic Project” Pichmol Rugrod. The CP Group was named the top polluter for the second year in a row.

“Single-use plastic has devastating effects not only to nature but to frontline communities as well. There will be no solutions to the plastic crisis unless there is a plan to urgently reduce plastic production and consumption.”

“In addition, corporations must take full responsibility for the pollution they have caused, taking into account the externalised cost of their single-use plastic products- such as the cost of waste collection treatment, their continued contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and the irreparable environmental damage that will continue to harm people and biodiversity for years to come.”

Director of Thailand’s Ecological Alert and Recovery, Penchom Saetang, says the Thai government needs to step up plastic waste management and motivate companies to reduce single-use plastic products.

SOURCE: Greenpeace Thailand

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    Fabian

    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve done some clean up days in Phuket. Guess who is the big sponsor on such an event? Coca Cola, handing out coke and water in cans and bottles. It’s ridiculous, people don’t get it. So how are you going to end the pollution.

    Anyway, good action by Greenpeace.

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    Ted

    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Great job! whish more people/organizations would do that. The environment rules and needs to be loked after!

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    Glenn

    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    what a bunch of crap coming from Greenpeace! Those companies don’t pollute at all. It’s people who throw their garbage everywhere (but in the trash bins).

    CP Group, Dutch Mill Company, Osotspa,TCP Group and Lactasoy should individually or collectively, publicly tell Greenpeace to take a flying leap!

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      Fabian

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      These companies’ only mission is to sell as much rubbish as they can to increase profit. It’s not just people throwing it away. Stuff might get blown away or a garbage bag breaks open, etc. The companies could have used materials that are less pollution, they could have urged the government to introduce a deposit on bottles and cans, but they do the opposite because it makes them sell less with depost. So yes, they are definitely are responsible. But you are right, so are consumers.

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      Issan John

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4:53 pm

      I’ve got to agree with you, Glenn – these companies are ‘producers’, not ‘polluters’. It’s those buying their products and throwing them away who pollute.

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        Fabian

        Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5:17 pm

        Then oil companies have nor responsibility in climate change? It’s the consumers who drive in cars.

        ….While oil multinationals do everything they can to frustrate the research and debate about climate change, until it’s too late.

        Pretty much the same for the plastic industry. It’s actually the plastic industry who invented ‘recyclable plastic’ so they could sell more.

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          Issan John

          Friday, December 4, 2020 at 11:35 pm

          Sorry, I don’t see the connection other than both products cause pollution.

          Blaming the producer rather than the consumer just strikes me as taking the easy way out without doing anything to address the problem.

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      Geoff

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5:25 pm

      It’s about single use plastic, mate.

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        James

        Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 3:13 am

        It’s pretty simple ,unless you have a highly educated population with excellent natural resources record eg ( Switzerland) a voluntary system will never work.

        For Thailand ( not the above) a 10b deposit on bottles and the big companies forced to install recycle machines by law at all sales outlets.
        Until that happens nothing will change

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      Tiger

      Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      In state of point at companies or individual who throw away plastic as pollute and do not even has answer to solve this issues and many others environment issues. That is what they are good for. Point global issues without any solution to the issues. I think everyone can said it too.

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    Svcoquette

    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Here’s a thought charge a deposit, say 1 or 2 baht, at the time of purchase. It will also help the kids make money running around collecting the bottles. Remember the old days when glass bottles had a deposit? On one the pacific islands we visited the recycle company offered a small reward for plastic bottles and cans brought to there facilities. The island was spotless of cans and plastic bottles. The kids were happy. Only negative was they sometimes followed you around waiting for you to finish your drink, but they were friendly and made you feel welcomed.

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      Issan John

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5:04 pm

      Where I live, plastic and glass bottles and cans are collected for re-cycling, and the collectors pay for them – efectively ‘buying’ them from houses who collect them.

      Even those that make it to the local tip get re-cycled as a family living there has ‘scavenging’ rights to the rubbish.

      I’d suggest that a lot of places, apparently including some in Thailand, have a lot to learn from some of the simple ways that are looked down on here. At the same time, some things are just plain stupid. There’s a big tip / landfill a few kms away where a lot of construction waste get’s binned, but apparently the local tessabaan (council) got annoyed because some people didn’t keep it tidy enough, so they put a gate on the access road; inevitably, the tippers just ‘tipped’ at the gate instead.

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    Jason

    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Perhaps the government could instigate a program of refunds for returned containers. In my home state we get a refund of 10 cents per container. It has seen the beginning of people actually collecting the used containers to get the refund. They all go into recycled waste that is recycled into new containers. Then the companies who produce the original containers get a boost to their sales from saying they use 100% recycled plastic. Everybody wins! I was so sad on a recent trip to Kathu Falls near Patong at the amount of glass and plastic bottles tossed everywhere BUT in the bin. So I walked around and collected all of them and put them into the bin that was there in the park. I only wish it was all recycled. But at least the park was clean again.

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      Issan John

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 11:39 pm

      There already is a “program”, but it’s privately run by local scrap re-cyclers rather than the government.

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    gosport

    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Green Peace watches plastic bottles, EU Animal rights watches Monkeys, Human Rights watches young rioters, Breathing Rights watches slash and burn, BTS wathes young kids donation, no body minds its own body. What a crazy world.

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    Charlie Dekadens

    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    https://www.epa.sa.gov.au/environmental_info/waste_recycling/container_deposit
    It’s sheer ignorance stupidity and greed that’s destroying this planet read the above and tell me if you don’t think that’s a good idea. It’s annoying when you see commentors think they know everything

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 8:16 am

    One problem that contributes is the lack of waste bins.
    I have carried a plastic bottle 200 yards sometimes looking for a waste bin.
    And so some just drop the plastic bottle on the ground.

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    David

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Need to adress the root causes of the problem. Is it normal that people are packaging a sweet drink like a coke in a bottle made of PET? A material that takes at least 500 years to decompose, while on average you are going to use it in less than an hour time. This is Applied Stupidity as would say Bill Mollison. Recycling doesn’t solve the problem.
    Changing material and distribution methodoly does: organic material that breaks down fast should better be used for single use products and old but good glass (best inert and cheap material) can be used for keeping liquids during stocking. As it was was before. Big Jar of Wine in the shop, feel your bottles, bring it home and come back when you need more..It’s still used in many places, need to become compulsory not a consumer choice.

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    graham

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 9:44 am

    it’s utterly disgusting that big business continues to get away with this ignorant fatally destructive practice

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    peter pape

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    The Top Polluter is the ignorant Consumer idiot. Often this kind of person simply throws away the empty bottle wherever he/she is. This is true around the World. Unless brands/shops have to charge a deposit fee like in Germany where most plastic bottles are returned to get a refund the mountain of this trash that lasts 100s of years in the ocean will grow. Politics, Manufacturers and People need to change fast ! Or else we will have to eat plastic, soon.

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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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