PHUKET (The Nation/Asia News Network): Phuket deputy governor Anuphab Rodkwan-Yodrabam on Tuesday (Sept 21) signed a memorandum of understanding with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) to launch a campaign to reduce plastic waste in the province.
“The programme involves collaboration among the province, the Phuket Environmental Foundation and GIZ, a German agency focusing on international development cooperation,” Anuphab said.
“The pilot phase will see 15 restaurants under the ‘Take Pinto’ initiative making use of tiffin carriers [‘pinto’ in Thai], or stacked lunchboxes as containers for their meals instead of plastic packaging,” he said.
“We hope more restaurants in Phuket will join this initiative before we expand it to other provinces,” Anuphab said.
According to the Phuket Environmental Foundation, the province produced up to 970 tonnes of household waste per day before Covid-19 emerged. Now, during the pandemic, the province produces up to 830 tonnes of waste daily, which is an exceptionally high amount for a small island.
The foundation has been working with five municipal offices in the province since November 2020 to manage the amount of household waste by reducing its major source, which is plastic packaging.
This year the foundation received support from the European Union and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, which has led to the collaboration with GIZ.
GIZ director Alvaro Zurita said the MoU with Phuket will promote and support sustainable consumption in the province and will become a vital factor in the reduction of marine waste, which is an environmental challenge at the national, regional and global levels.