Starting January 1, 2020, 75 companies and about 25,000 sales outlets in Thailand will cease the use of free disposable plastic bags.
Authorities hope such a move would help reduce the yearly use of plastic bags by 30 percent or 13.5 billion.
According to reports, Thailand is a major generator of plastic waste.
Taking Bangkok City as an example, the Bangkok City Government clears and transports up to 80 million plastic bags a day. The population of the city is about 10 million, and one person uses up to 8 plastic bags daily on an average.