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Phuket retailers to charge for plastic bags

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PHUKET CITY: In a bid to deal with Phuket’s waste management crisis, the island’s top retailers have agreed to start charging customers for plastic bags from December.

In a meeting with government officials at Phuket Provincial Hall on Monday, the retailers’ representatives agreed to the move, saying they are prepared to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the issue.

Under the plan, shoppers would pay one baht for a plastic bag with a five-liter capacity or less, and two baht for larger bags.

Exact details and specifications will be finalized before the MOU signing ceremony scheduled for December 4.

Among the retailers and retail chains taking part are Central, Big C, Tesco-Lotus, Makro, Supercheap and Jungceylon.

The campaign has been dubbed the ‘Keep Phuket Clean, Keep Phuket Green’ initiative.

(Phuket Gazette)


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