Here's how Thailand's Phuket island is going to fight plastic waste from tourism

A Thai food vendor strolls past empty beach chairs as a storm approaches Patong Beach on the Southern Thai resort island of Phuket October 31, 2002.Thailand reassured tourists on Thursday that the country was safe despitewarnings from western nations such as Britain which said on Tuesday threatsto westerners on Phuket island had increased sharply. Phuket relies heavilyon the tourist trade and economists say a major fall in tourist arrivalswould slice a large chunk off Thailand's foreign exchange earnings and throwmillions of people out of work. NO RIGHTS CLEARANCES OR PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IMAGE  REUTERS/Jason ReedJIR/JS

Hotels have committed to phase out plastic water bottles and plastic drinking straws by 2019. Image: REUTERS/Jason ReedJIR/JS

Michael Taylor
Asia correspondent and sub-editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation
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 A tourist collects plastic items washed up by the sea at the Ao Phrao Beach, on the island of Ko Samet, Thailand June 9, 2018.
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