Article 44 to be invoked to address imported electronic trash problem

Article 44 of the interim Constitution is likely to be invoked to bypass various legal obstacles in order to effectively tackle the problem of imported electronic trash.

Pol Gen Veerachai Songmetta, the national deputy police chief, said on Friday that addressing the problem of imported electronic trash through a normal channel was problematic due to legal loopholes and the ideal solution to cut through all the legal obstacles is through the use of special power under Article 44 of the interim Constitution.

The panel tasked by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan to tackle the problem would, next week, propose the use of Article 44 to deal with the problem, said Pol Gen Veerachai, adding that he would also propose the national police chief to set up another panel to take legal actions against Etrash recycling plants which broke the law by means of smuggling Etrash into the country but falsely declaring them as other trash or which did not properly recycle the trash.

He noted that it was difficult to take actions against foreign investors who actually own the recycling facilities but use Thai nominees to act on their behalf.

Seven companies were granted permission by the Industrial Works Department to import electronic trash and five of them were found to have broken the law with the rest now under investigation.

Pol Gen Veerachai said that up to 500,000 tonnes of electronic trash were imported into the country for the last couple of years against 100,000 tonnes which were allowed to be imported.

Meanwhile, Board of Investment deputy secretarygeneral Chokedee Kaewsaeng warned that trash recycling plants which were granted BOI’s privileges could lose their privileges if they faulted for breaking the law.

He said the five recycling plants ordered shut down by the Industrial Works Department were not granted BoI privileges.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)

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