ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners have called on Asean member states to go beyond a narrow focus in solving the problem of marine plastic pollution to also address the plastic waste trade, as the region continues to be inundated with imported trash. With Bangkok set to host the 34th Asean Summit over the weekend, the meeting is scheduled to hold talks on the marine debris problem. Asean member states have pledged to endorse a new regional collaborative framework – The Bangkok Declaration – to tackle marine plastic pollution. However, Greenpeace Southeast Asia and other prominent environmental groups in the region faulted the agenda for not including the huge related problem of plastic waste trade. They called on Asean governments to entirely ban all import of plastic waste, establish a holistic regional policy governing production of single-use plastics, and advance the framework for a sustainable and ethical circular economy in order to protect public health and the … [Read more...] about ‘Trash plastic waste trade’
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TORONTO: Ottawa has no plans to pick up plastic waste that originated in Canada and is currently parked in Malaysia, a spokesman for Canada's environment ministry said on Thursday (Jun 13).In late May, the Malaysian government said it would send back 3,000 tons of plastic waste back to 14 countries of origin, including Canada, the United States, Japan, France, Australia and Britain.In an email statement to Reuters, Environment and Climate Change Canada spokesman Gabrielle Lamontagne said, "there are no plans for the Canadian government to pick up waste in Malaysia."He added that Canada received no information about any shipment of waste from Canada to Malaysia, and said the ministry has reached out to the Malaysian government for details.There was no indication of how much of the plastic waste was of Canadian origin.Foreign waste has emerged as a cause for diplomatic friction in recent months within Southeast Asia. The Philippines recalled diplomats to Canada in May over illegally … [Read more...] about Canada has no plans to take back plastic waste in Malaysia
FOOD fulfils our basic need for survival and also give us pleasure. In Malaysia, we love food and are spoilt for choice. But we also waste food daily. Food waste is food that is uneaten and thrown away as trash which ends up in landfills to decompose. It can be unsold food past expiry dates and discarded by retailers or unfinished food. When we waste food, it is not just a waste of money, but also resources used to make the food. Decomposing food in landfills is not only smelly but also causes environmental problems. It gives off methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas that has a more serious impact on global warming than carbon dioxide. Besides the alarming usage of plastic causing pollution, food waste has become another global issue that needs to be addressed. While it is vital to reduce plastic waste, there is also a pressing need to reduce food waste. We can see this efforts around the world. Zero Waste Scotland, a government funded body has launched a Food Waste Reduction … [Read more...] about Reduce food waste, 15,000 tonnes daily is too much
By The Associated Press Sat., May 11, 2019 GENEVA - Nearly every country in the world has agreed upon a legally binding framework to reduce the pollution from plastic waste except for the United States, U.N. environmental officials say. An agreement on tracking thousands of types of plastic waste emerged Friday at the end of a two-week meeting of U.N.-backed conventions on plastic waste and toxic, hazardous chemicals. Discarded plastic clutters pristine land, floats in huge masses in oceansand rivers and entangles wildlife, sometimes with deadly results . Rolph Payet of the United Nations Environment Program said the “historic” agreement linked to the 186-country, U.N.-supported Basel Convention means that countries will have to monitor and track the movements of plastic waste outside their borders. The deal affects products used in a broad array of industries, such as health care, technology, aerospace, fashion, food and beverages. Article Continued Below … [Read more...] about Landmark UN plastic waste pact gets approved, but not by U.S.
GENEVA (REUTERS) - Around 180 countries reached a deal on Friday (May 10) that aims to sharply reduce the amount of plastic that gets washed into the world’s oceans, the United Nations said. They agreed to amend the Basel Convention to make global trade in plastic waste more transparent and better regulated, while also ensuring that its management is safer for human health and the environment. “I’m proud that this week in Geneva, parties to the Basel Convention have reached agreement on a legally binding, globally reaching mechanism for managing plastic waste,” Rolph Payet, executive secretary at UN Environment for the Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm Conventions, said in a statement. “Pollution from plastic waste, acknowledged as a major environmental problem of global concern, has reached epidemic proportions with an estimated 100 million tonnes of plastic now found in the oceans, 80-90 per cent of which comes from land-based … [Read more...] about UN clinches deal to stop plastic waste ending up in the sea