E-waste shunned by China piles up in Thai­land

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

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

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