BANGUN: His weathered face breaks out in a big grin as Keman explains how sifting through rubbish paid for his children’s education, one of many in his Indonesian hometown basking in a waste-picking boom. Governments around the world are grappling with how to tackle the scourge of single-use plastic, but for the people of Bangun trash equals cash. Around two-thirds of the town’s residents eke out a living sorting and selling discarded plastic bottles, wrappers and cups back to local companies, and after China blocked imports of foreign garbage early this year — the pile is growing. “I have three kids — all of them go to university,“ Keman, who goes by one name, proudly tells AFP as he stands in a field of ankle-deep trash. “And all that was possible thanks to my hard work scavenging rubbish,“ the 52-year-old explains. Bangun is among several poor communities in Java, Indonesia’s most populous island, that have carved a living from … [Read more...] about Foreign trash ‘like treasure’ in Indonesia’s plastics village
Why is reducing waste important
Matters concerning sustainable development, in the face of the region’s rapid growth, are worryingly missing. Instead, discussions will focus on trade, economic and security issues. In the past two years, countries in the region – both poor and prosperous – have been faced with record shipments of plastic waste from richer nations. Between 2016 and 2018, the region saw plastic waste imports grow by a staggering 171 per cent. Most of these shipments were labelled “recyclable”, but were found to be unrecyclable mixed and contaminated waste. With little or no infrastructure to deal with all this garbage, the shipments of foreign trash began piling up. This led to import restrictions and other measures by affected countries, culminating in May and June with the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia threatening to repatriate the waste. The current waste-trade crisis faced by the region is largely due to China’s 2018 ban on trash imports. Earlier, … [Read more...] about Why waste trade should be on the Asean Summit agenda
MANILA, Philippines — Summer vacation is over and it’s once again time for school! For some kids, academic excellence comes naturally, while for others, it is a struggle. But for parents, providing the best for their kids is the most important for the school season. Here are some must-haves you can consider in your back-to-school checklist. Style options for kids Titled "Fashion Play," the event enabled kids to enjoy the day as the brand presented its new collection of childhood fashion staples. Believing that all kids are beautiful, SM Kids recently celebrated the fun and exciting details of childhood in SM Mall of Asia. Titled "Fashion Play," the event enabled kids to enjoy the day as the brand presented its new collection of childhood fashion staples, made exciting through vibrant colors and whimsical prints. The event also featured a grand fashion show featuring the brand's four key lines, each with their own fresh offerings every kid will look forward to … [Read more...] about LIST: Cool stuff for school
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, they say. So, is Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia’s trash Indonesia’s treasure? For some Indonesians who get money from waste and for the recycling industry, perhaps it is indeed treasure. That is why the government agrees to let rich countries dump hundreds of thousands of metric tons of waste annually in Indonesia. But at what expense? The Jakarta Post’s photo essays from a village in Mojokerto, East Java, published in April, showed the state of a village that finds money in waste. Not all of the trash can be recycled immediately. It was scattered all over the village. Children scavenge on piles of trash to help their parents. Everyone’s front yard has unrecyclable waste on it and the roads are littered with trash as well. Someone put an Australian flag, upside down, on a mountain of trash. Environmental NGOs believe there are more such villages but people turn a blind eye. Health risks from … [Read more...] about Your trash not our treasure
By Bonnie Crombie Opinion Patrick Brown Opinion Tues., May 7, 2019 The provincial government is reviewing the regional government system in Ontario. Mississauga’s mayor, Bonnie Crombie, argues yes, now is the perfect time to right a historical wrong and allow Canada’s sixth largest city to be independent of Peel Region. The mayor of neighbouring Brampton, Patrick Brown, argues no, the costs involved in dissolution of the region are unfair to his taxpayers. After 45 years, it’s time for Mississauga to leave the Region of Peel and become an independent city. The regional government model in Peel is broken beyond repair, and it’s time for change. Now. Regional government is holding Mississauga back from achieving its true potential as a world-class city. As an independent city, Mississauga would finally have full control over its future and all decision making. It would be able to deliver services more efficiently and effectively, by reducing … [Read more...] about Should Mississauga leave Peel Region?