E-waste shunned by China piles up in Thailand
Plastic and electronic waste banned from import by China is now engulfing Thailand, the Customs Department spokesman said Wednesday.
Chaiyut Khamkhun said that last year, 145,000 tonnes of plastic waste was imported for recycling, but 212,000 tonnes has arrived in just the first five months of this year. Imports of electronic waste last year amounted to 64,400 tonnes, but the figure has already reached 52,200 tonnes in the first five months of 2018.
Importers must seek permission from the Industrial Works Department and the Foreign Trade Department. The waste has increasingly been diverted to Thailand since China banned its importation, the spokesman said.
Ninety percent of the waste was imported through Laem Chabang port in Chon Buri province. About 500 containers – each weighing about 20 tonnes – have arrived at the port every month so far this year. The Customs Department was checking 162 containers, and earlier rejected 11 containers of such waste, Mr Chaiyut said.
The Industrial Works Department recently suspended the licences of five recycling plants for forwarding imported waste to unlicensed plants for recycling.
– Bangkok Post