Ban single use plastic bags in Thailand
Thailand is facing its worst ever floods, which have inundated most of the country, whilst almost all other provinces have seen localized flooding such as here in Phuket town, Patong, Kamala and Karon Beach. Increased waste, excess plastic use and the resulting increasing litter and blocked drains make the problem much worse.
Bangladesh, Burma, Bombay and the Congo all banned single use plastic bags as they made flooding much worse. Join the support of a Plastic bag free Thailand, following on from the launch of Phukets Plastic bag launch on Dec 5th.
Congo bans plastic bags because of flooding
Burma bans HDPE plastic bags because of flooding
Bangladesh bans plastic bags because of flooding
Bangladesh became the first country to ban plastic bags after discovering them to be the main cause of the devastating floods of 1988 and 1998. The bags had blocked drains and as a result two-thirds of the country was submerged under water. In 2002, all plastic shopping bags were banned.
Plastic bags became such a problem in India- flooding, litter and dead cows (they eat them and either choke or starve to death)- that in 2000, the city of Mumbai banned their use.
United Nations advisor Professor Rashmi Mayur told the BBC back in 2001 that the litter problem had already moved far beyond the city with unknown long term health effects.
The result, no blocked drains from plastic bags
Bombay (Mumbai), India, Banned Plastic Bags in 2000
Mumbai/Bombay’s city council banned the plastic bags in 2000 in an effort to stop them littering the streets and clogging up the city’s sewerage system . The city officials said that once the plastic bags are littered in the drain, they “completely clog the drains, which contributes to flooding intensity.” The city was trying to avoid a repetition of serious flooding during year 2000′s monsoon season.
Updated: 10:42 a.m. ET Aug. 26, 2005
BOMBAY, India – The western Indian state of Maharashtra on Friday said it is banning most plastic bags, blaming them for choking drains and causing floods a month ago that left more than 1,000 people dead, most in Bombay.
Businesses caught using them would be fined 5,000 rupees ($114), while individuals would have to pay 1,000 rupees.
“Gutters choked with plastic bags caused the flooding which led to enormous losses for the state,” the chief minister said in a statement. “The media and environmental and citizens’ groups demanded that plastic bags be banned, so we are banning them.”
Rules on the types of bags to be exempt by Maharasthra — possibly pouches for milk, oil and water — will be issued next week.
While some Indians recycle plastic bags, often as makeshift rain gear, they also end up snagged in trees, floating in ponds and even fluttering in remote Himalayan foothills. Environmentalists say the bags can take up to 1,000 years to disintegrate and pose a threat to marine life, birds and other animals
Bombay under water.. why?