Polystyrene containers ditched by Southern province

by Somchai Samart
You would anticipate the Capital to cleared the path. But this time it’s certainly one of Thailand’s southern provinces exhibiting the greatest way ahead with certainly one of Thailand’s largest disposable waste issues.
Songkhla in Thailand’s south, is now nicely on the way in which to establishing itself as a foam container-free metropolis as green developments continue to grow.
During the previous three years, greater than 500 institutions in Songkhla have been certified as being freed from disposable meals foam (poly styrene) containers. At least seven communities and 32 eating places have also earned such a “green” certification.
Since last October, state hospitals in Songkhla have also allotted medication in material baggage as a substitute of plastic luggage.
The local workplace of pure sources and environment can be determined to develop no less than one foam-free market in each district of Songkhla.
“This yr, we have continued our marketing campaign to encourage markets and shops in vacationer areas to not use plastic and foam,” Songkhla Governor Weeranan Pengchan mentioned yesterday.
He was speaking as the representatives of 49 non-public and authorities organisations signed a memorandum of understanding to support the cause. According to Weeranan, the campaign encourages using cloth luggage and urges consumers to shun foam meals boxes/plastic baggage.
Songkhla’s public-health chief Dr Utissak Harirattanakul said there are also hidden health dangers for people consuming out of poly styrene containers.
“Foam containers are manufactured from polystyrene plastic. When uncovered to very hot contents and food with vinegar or alcohol as components, they could leak dangerous styrene,” he said.
Utissak said utilizing food foam containers per meal daily over 10 years may raise cancer dangers by six occasions, compared with non-users.
Songkhla just isn’t the only metropolis campaigning for green causes. In the northeastern province of Khon Kaen, forty three government offices signed a memorandum of understanding to reduce waste.
Smooth of their MoU are to stop using food foam containers, cut back waste by 5 per cent, cut back disposable plastic baggage by 10 per cent and curb the use of disposable plastic cups by 10 per cent..

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