Thailand is one of the countries most affected by marine litter. It is also one of the primary plastic waste-importing countries. Now the Southeast Asian country bans the import of plastic waste.
The ban will take place in phases over the next three years. The first phase is to start next year to limit the amount of imported plastic waste based on actual production capacities. At this point companies will still be allowed to import the waste they need.
The second phase will start in 2024. Only 50% of imports will be allowed by then. The total ban will start in 2025.