Government urged to revoke NCPO Order 4/2559 to freeze the setup of garbage disposal facilities

An environmental advocacy organization has urged the government to revoke NCPO Order 4/2559 which it blamed for throwing open the door for many more garbage disposal plants to be established in the country last year.

Mrs Penchome saeTang, director of Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand (EARTH) foundation, said that Order 4/2559 which was issued by the National Council for Peace and Order sought to exempt the enforcement of the town and country ministerial regulation on certain industrial activities, giving rise to a big jump of the number of garbage disposal plants under categories 105 and 106 because of the lax restrictions.

She added that the foundation also wanted the government to ban the import of four types of garbage namely plastic, vanadium slag, uncategorized paper and certain types of garment trash which were banned by China and to check all the categories 105 and 106 garbage disposal plants.

Citing free trade agreements inked by Thailand with several countries such as Japan, China, and Australia, she said Thailand has turned itself of being a hub for imported industrial wastes, including electronic trash, from these countries.

She claimed that up to 2.7 million tonnes of industrial wastes were exported to China by Britain during 20122017 until China, last year, imposed a total ban on the import of the four types of trash.

An ad hoc panel has been set up at the order of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan earlier this week to consider how to tackle the imported trash, especially electronic trash, and whether Article 44 of the Interim Constitution should be invoked to halt the import of electronic trash.

About 90,000 tonnes of electronic trash were imported for recycling since last year.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)