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Thailand falling behind in global battle with plastic waste

Dead whale brings packaging overuse and government inaction into focus

Individually wrapped bananas draw criticism from environmental groups as being one of the many wasteful practices of retailers that contribute to Thailand's problem with pollution. (Photo by George Styllis)

BANGKOK -- "Beating plastic pollution" has been set as the theme for World Environment Day on June 5, but Thailand is falling behind Asian and European countries in the fight against plastic waste. 

The issue has been brought into focus after a dead whale was found last month to have swallowed 80 plastic bags.

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