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Minister: Thailand set to intensify ban on e-waste imports

Christian Fernsby |
Thailand's Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa told the media that the country would intensify the ban on e-waste and plastic garbage smuggled from abroad.

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"The ministry is serious in countering the imports of smuggled e-waste into Thailand," said Varawut. "This is for the long term good for the country, as e-waste will only lead to aggravation of the environment."

The minister said he had coordinated with the Ministry of Commerce, which agreed to intensify and close all possible gaps of the law to prevent e-waste from entering into Thailand.

"As from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, we will also adopt legal measures to intensify the ban on e-waste and plastic garbage," he said.

Varawut said he will try his utmost to find solutions at the beginning of next year to roll out efficient guidelines in dealing with domestic electronic wastes.

"Our ministry has set up drop-off sites to take in electronic waste and old electric appliances from the public," he said.

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