When referring to any of the results of our analysis and/or its concept and design, please cite us accordingly:
Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.
Thailand Notification of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation on the Prohibition of Single-use Plastics from National ParksView the policy document
Key FindingsView the policy document
The Amendment of the National Park Act bans single-use plastics from national parks for the conservation of natural resources including plastic bags with a thickness of less than 36 microns; plastic food containers; single-use plastic cups; plastic straws; plastic cutlery. The primary driver for this amendment was environmental, several reports have shown that eating plastics has resulted in the death of several animals, and figures indicate that Thailand remains among the five Asian countries responsible for more than half the plastic waste in the oceans (The Animal Reader, 2022; Agence France-Presse, 2019). The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand is responsible for the administration of this Act.
There was insufficient evidence available to complete the evaluation framework at the time of the assessment. However, reports seem to indicate that enforcement and compliance could be a major issue for this policy (Rakshit, 2020). In order to deter litterbugs, Varawut Silpa-archa, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment in Thailand, has decided that officials should mail boxes of trash back to campers, and tourists causing damage to national parks (Rakshit, 2020).
(Uploaded in Nov 2023)
Through an analytical framework, we've reviewed over 100 plastic policies. These reviews determine the effectiveness of policies in reducing plastic pollution and we offer recommendations in light of this evidence, to enhance future policy making. You can find out more about our methods on our methods page.Methods