knocked for

"Resolution on importing plastic scraps from abroad" with a waiver for industrial factories in 14 free zones to be able to import for another 2 years

in a quota of 550,000 tons, starting from 2023-2024 and in 2025, it will announce a ban on importing in all cases is strictly prohibited

According to the resolution of the Plastic and E-Waste Management Subcommittee Meeting No. 1/2565, this issue has become a concern for

“Civil society that has been protesting since 2018” whose policy has been changed all the time has never come to a clear conclusion.

In mid-September 2022, the “Sub-Committee” had a meeting of relevant agencies such as the Department of Industrial Works, the Customs Department, the Department of Foreign Trade.

Plastics Industry

Federation of Thai Industries

Salong Association and antiques shop

Restoration Ecological Foundation

including experts from various educational institutions

To consider and agree on several issues, summarized from time to time.

The first story ... "prohibiting general recycling plants to import plastic scraps" because no operator requested, but in this regard, the "Department of Industrial Works" proposes to conduct a survey of general factories again.

In the absence of a number of requests for importation, it is caused by plastic scraps in the country sufficient.

or any other reason

Next is "allowing factories in the duty free zone to import plastic scraps for another 2 years" by giving a waiver to 14 factories, which is a proposal from the "Customs Department" because it received a request from

“Entrepreneurs” who still have a lot of demand for plastic scrap imports.

in the production of plastics for export

most often it is

"Plastic pellets, plastic flakes and plastic scrap export factories" that have passed the inspection of the need to import and passed the actual production capability assessment from the Pollution Control Department representative working group.

Provincial Customs and Industry Department since 2021

Originally submitted to 15 places, but with another one had to be cut because

"No production machinery" means the remaining 14 factories that have been waived will be able to import plastic scrap for another 2 years from 2023-2024.

The condition is that the 1st year...from January 1, 2023 allows industrial factories in the duty free zone to be able to import 100% of their actual production capacity.

or the total volume does not exceed 372,994 tons, the second year from 1 January 2024 can be imported not more than 50% or not more than 186,497 tons. Therefore, if a total of 2 years is allowed to import more than 5.5 hundred thousand tons of plastic scrap

During these two years, “do not declare more than 5% of waste”, as much as plastic scraps are brought in, they must be removed.

to prevent Thailand from becoming a dumping ground for the world

and entering the 3rd year from January 2025, "importing is prohibited in all cases"

In this regard, the "Customs Department" guarantees that there is a clarification of the management system to supervise the import of plastic waste in the duty free zone in 2021, with 150 thousand tons of imports, of which it flows out in the form of landfill.

and 2,000 tons of incinerated waste, and in 2022, from Jan.-August, about 105,000 tons were imported, flowing out in the form of 900 tons of waste.

This garbage figure is considered appropriate, but

“Civil society” is also concerned about illegally privatized into other coordinates, such as producing pieces and selling them in the country.

For this reason, it is proposed to the "Customs Department" to clarify the case in 2021-2022, how much is actually imported?

how much to recycle

And how many percent is the number of no exports lost?

At this point, there has not yet been clarified, so will have to follow the meeting of the sub-committee that will be held in October.

In fact, "Thailand has banned the import of plastic scraps since 2020", but there are many unexpected events. The "Customs Department" is open to allow operators in the duty free zone to import under special laws, usually 200,000 tons per year. Then, at that time, "civil society" had to call for the abolition of importing into the duty free zone since the beginning of 2022.

Even the "Sub-Committee" has raised this issue for consideration for 8 months, no conclusion.

And the more news that "early 2023 may be dissolved" As a result, the chairman of the sub-committee who disagrees with the import of plastic scrap may be replaced.

Finally, the meeting concluded that the principle was granted permission to import into the duty free zone 2 years ago.

and then issue rules, regulations, import methods, and penalties, which have an important focus.

“Whatever you bring in, you have to take it out.” It is strictly forbidden to flow out in Thailand.

Otherwise, it may repeat itself in 2018-2020. General recycling plants bring in millions of tons of hidden waste as plastic scraps.

More than 4 hundred thousand tons were processed outside the country and another 6 hundred thousand tons disappeared from the system.

Even though there have been a number of request letters with the responsible agencies.

“But there was no answer.” Until now, I still can't find that piece of plastic.

Again, "the figure of 6 hundred thousand tons is missing this mystery" There are documents to approve the quota issued by government agencies for more than 4,000 factories "some of which are not related to plastic production" until the smuggling of false statements can be traced to the factory. have

Or the customs house has detected a false declaration, there are more than 2,000 containers.

But no one had to be punished for this.

This is a lesson for the future.

"Set clear regulations and penalties" because the permission to import plastic scraps for 2 years, 55 hundred thousand tons with the adhering

The base of the machine's ability to actually produce is calculated multiplied by 365 days, resulting in the number of import demand of 14 factories, amounting to 3.7 hundred thousand tons per year.

regarded as "a very large number", making it noted that

“Is importing this much plastic scraps to be hoarded for use after the ban in 2025

?” Because the figure of 550,000 tons can be easily produced for another year.

What's more worrying is that some "plastic scraps" may come off and sell to factories outside the free zone and become unauthorized factory connection pipes.

or a subsidiary located outside the territory

Because the smell is beginning to signal that 4-5 large polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle factories have significantly slowed down the purchase of plastic bottles for 2 months.

argue that

“The purchasing area is full”, but the truth is that it is clearly waiting for a resolution to expand imports.

"To reduce the price of PET bottles in the country" makes it harder for antique shops to sell these types of bottles. For example, in July 2022, the price of plastic bottles in front of the factory was bought at 18 baht / kg. In September, the purchase price was reduced to 12-13 baht/kg, so if in January 2023 began to import plastic scraps, factories outside the duty free zone could harvest the stuff as they used to.

This will cause the price of recycled plastic bottles in the country to be depressed like this.

Because the cost of plastic scrap from abroad is 3 baht/kg. Imported into Thailand costs another 3 baht/kg. Total cost is 6 baht/kg. It becomes a concern. will ask to expand the quota again for sure.”

“Entrepreneurs are unable to adjust” and the imported raw materials are not enough for export.

While "government agencies" may support the claim about entrepreneurs with high GDP, exports continue to expand new factories.

"Which is a doll" to replace the former entrepreneur, the quota is exhausted, similar to the event of 2017, the old quota has expired, it is requested to be extended to the year 2020, when that day is still extended until today

Finally, this matter in October, 2022, there will be a meeting of the sub-committee.

To discuss the preparation of rules, methods and penalties, then proposed to the National Environment Board.

Consider giving approval to assign relevant agencies to proceed in accordance with the resolution.

this is progress

"Permission to import plastic scraps for another 2 years, amounting to 5.5 hundred thousand tons", which is a number of imports over 100 percent.

Become a challenge "Thai people" must continue to watch closely.

Emphasize that everything when imported from abroad 100% must be pushed out of the country 100% should not be left to be left to cause problems for our home.

And whoever is born is also responsible.