Thailand is observing an exponential growth in food delivery services as the effects of COVID-19 worsens. With the entire country being under lockdown, number of citizens across the nation are preferring to get their food delivered at their doorstep.
Though these food delivery services provide immense convenience to consumers, they have managed to overburden Thailand’s waste management system by adding tons of plastic wastes.
To compare both the scenarios, prior to the health crisis, Thailand produced nearly 5,500 tons of plastic waste each day, however, this number has now scaled up to 6,300 tons amidst the ongoing health crisis, claims Dr. Wijarn Simachaya, President of Thailand Environment Institute (TEI).
Dr. Simachaya added that this impact from the food delivery system is significant, especially in the nation’s capital Bangkok, where the industry is witnessing tremendous growth.
Even though Bangkok’s total waste generated is seeing a decline, the plastic use in the region is booming. Bangkok usually generates nearly 10,500 tons of total waste each day. This number has dropped by 12 percent over the last few months, mainly due to a steep downturn in the tourist industry amidst the global pandemic.
However, Dr. Simachaya claims that the amount of plastic waste in Bangkok maintains to scale upward during this crisis. As of now, the city produces around 3,000 tons of plastic waste per day. Besides, the longevity factor of plastic goods compels the state authorities to throw them into landfills. In its original form, a plastic can last up to 400 years.
Pollution Control Department claims that the plastic accounts for nearly 12 percent of the country’s overall waste every year, and only 25 percent of this entire waste goes to recycling units. Whereas, other major part of the plastic waste ends up into dumping sites or waterways.