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Thailand produces some two million tonnes of plastic waste a year with about 75 billion pieces of plastic bags ending up in the waste annually.
Walhi lamented the local government's response to recent issues on the contamination of eggs and tofu with dioxins from the burning of plastic waste.
Environmental group Ecoto staged a protest today demanding Governor Khofifah tackle environmental pollution caused by plastic waste imports.
Southeast Asia is a major contributor to land-based plastic waste in the oceans with more than half of it coming from 4 nations including Indonesia.
Malaysia last year became the world's main destination for plastic waste after China banned imports of scrap.
Retailers and convenience stores in Thailand have pledged to stop giving plastic bags to customers from next year in a bid to reduce plastic waste.
Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand, along with China, account for 60% of plastic waste in the oceans.
An environmental practitioner from a waste management organization Waste4Change, Hana, shared the 3R rule, a three easy ways to curb plastic waste.
Cambodia is investigating a locally-based Chinese firm for illegally importing around 1,600 tonnes of plastic waste from the United States and Canada.
Minister Susi Pudjiastuti recalled that she had promised the United Nations to reduce the country's plastic waste by 75 percent in 2025.
Minister Susi Pudjiastuti wants regional administrations to create laws that enable people to understand the effects of plastic wastes.
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government would impose a tax on plastic bags at Rp200 per piece.
Ecoton pressed the government to seriously handle the domestic plastic waste smuggling cases in scrap paper imports landing in Batam and Surabaya.
The Batam administration in the Riau Islands has been vocal upon rejecting plastic waste imports into its region.
ASEAN members Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand are among the five countries throwing the most plastic waste into oceans.
Indonesian Plastic Industry Association requested a review of the 10-percent value-added tax (VAT) on products made from recycled plastic waste.
Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto expressed concerns on rampant cases of plastic waste smuggling to several SEA countries, including Indonesia.
Jakarta Environment Agency runs a competition as one of the efforts to reduce plastic waste from restaurants and office buildings.
Canada plans to ban some single-use plastics like straws, bags, and cutlery by early 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.
Medallists at Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics will stand on podiums made from recycled plastic waste collected from local households or the ocean.