Connect with us


Phuket “anti plastic bag’ campaign kicks into gear



PHUKET: The provincial government campaign to rid the island of plastic bags will start in earnest on February 27, when retailers across Phuket will start handing out free cloth bags to shoppers over the course of one week.

The news was announced on Friday by Phuket Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosuttirak at the signing of the second Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the “Phuket plastic bag free campaign”.

At Provincial Hall to mark the occasion were Phuket Provincial Energy Office Chief Jirasak Tummawetch and Dr Wiwat Seetamanotch, deputy chief of the Phuket Provincial Health Office.

The campaign aims to hand out 840,000 free cloth bags in 84 days to honor the 84th anniversary of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

“The second MoU has just been signed by more than 40 government departments, schools, local administration organizations, shopping stores, clubs and associations, and now the campaign is ready to be launched on February 27, 2012,” V/Gov Somkiat said.

“We have started publicizing the project among government officials and asked them not to bring plastic bags to work. We have a motivation and punishment policy in place. If any of our officers bring plastic bags to work, we will punish them by making them collecting the litter around their offices,” he said.

“But if they bring cloth bags to work, they will be rewarded,” he added.

Members of the public visiting government offices will also be given preferential treatment for bringing cloth bags, V/Gov said.

“We will reward those who come to government offices with cloth bags by giving them priority service and a souvenir,” he said.

Shopping malls are also to run the campaign, but using different ideas.

“The shopping malls will start the campaign by not giving out plastic bags one day a week. People coming to shop will be given free cloth and paper bags.

“Discounts and extra loyalty points will be awarded to those who keep bringing their own cloth bags to the same store,” V/Gov Somkiat explained.

“We will officially launch the campaign island wide on February 27. I hope everyone is going to cooperate so our island can become plastic-free,” he added.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Travel4 hours ago

10 Isan food you need to try at least once

Thailand5 hours ago

VIDEO: Floods tear through highway in northeast Thailand

Crime5 hours ago

13 murdered, including 7 kids by Russian neo-Nazi

Sponsored14 hours ago

International money transfers made fast, secure and transparent with DeeMoney Neo App

Thailand6 hours ago

Vegetarian Festival on Yaowarat Road starts today

Thailand6 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Baht continues surge against strong dollar

Bangkok7 hours ago

VIDEO: Fire falls like rain from communication cables in Bangkok

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand7 hours ago

Father allegedy kills daughter’s cat for stealing his meatballs

Central Thailand8 hours ago

Whale watching season begins in Phetcha Buri

Special Features8 hours ago

Top 10 studio condos in Phuket (2022)

Crime8 hours ago

Thai court overwhelmed with evidence in Forex-3D fraud case

Tourism8 hours ago

Airport expansion plans hastened across Thailand

Thailand8 hours ago

Viral video: American man joins Thai dance in Isaan rite

Politics9 hours ago

China backs Thailand to make APEC a success

Politics10 hours ago

Gen-Z students oppose an unelected senate 17 to 1

Thailand11 hours ago

Foreigner allegedly using dogs to scam Chiang Mai locals

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11