ANKARA-Anadolu Agency Plastic waste is a very important resource that has the potential to benefit Turkey if it is collected properly, according to the head of the country's Chamber of Environmental Engineers. "As Turkey is a country that imports oil, plastic waste is a very important resource. Collecting this waste as we should could actually enrich Turkey [financially]," Baran Bozoğlu, also a former board member of the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (UCTEA), told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview. With the Environment and Urbanization Ministry officially announcing Turkey’s Zero Waste Management System regulations, Bozoğlu said this is a significant step toward stemming Turkey's waste problem. "Back in 1995, we were generating 17 million tons of domestic waste annually, but by 2015, this reached 32 million tons, and is estimated to reach 38 million tons by 2023," he said. "In our country, 55.5% of domestic waste is organic material, 10% … [Read more...] about Collection of plastic waste can enrich Turkey: Expert
Papua pledges zero plastic waste by 2020
A Bridlington cafe has announced it is the first to take the plastic pledge in the town. The Beach Hut has made the change to reduce plastic waste by using paper straws, wooden cutlery and refill discounts. Owner of the cafe on North Marine Drive, Liam McDonald, is hoping that “more businesses follow suit.”He said: “It’s not just the business it my personal views as well it’s just a moral obligation. It’s something I believe in and want to do more. “We have switched to wooden stirrers, paper bags, paper straws, take-away utensils and we have reusable cup for sale.” The scheme by Sea Champions North East is part of the nationwide volunteer programme for the Marine Conservation Society.By signing the pledge shops and restaurants in the North East will be doing their best to reduce plastic. Liam is still finding more ways to reduce plastic and his next goal is to remove condiment sachets by using big tubs and paper tubs instead. … [Read more...] about Bridlington cafe pledge to stop plastic waste
THE SHEER SCALE OF THE CHALLENGE MAY SEEM DAUNTING, BUT MORE AND MORE HOUSEHOLDS ARE REDUCING THEIR WASTE. IF WE ALL JOIN IN, THAT MAKES REAL CHANGE POSSIBLE We can all name the pioneers of women’s suffrage, US civil rights and Irish independence, those who first saw the light and inspired others to dare to take on daunting challenges that needed to be faced. In our generation the central issue is climate change, and our reliance on plastics that are slowly killing the planet and polluting us in so many ways. So who are the environmental equivalents of Emmeline Pankhurst, Martin Luther King and Patrick Pearse? Timi Nicholson is among the highest-profile zero-wasters in Ireland. Almost on a whim in 2016, she began cutting down on her family’s use of plastic, and soon had reduced the monthly waste to 500g, which fits in a single glass jar. “We started seeing waste and plastic everywhere and began actively searching for zero-waste alternatives,” she says. “It … [Read more...] about Could you fit your month’s plastic waste into a glass jar?
Plastic waste from Welsh towns and villages found piled up in a Malaysian jungle is to be sent back to the UK. Malaysian authorities said they will send back 3,000 metric tonnes of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries including the UK, US, Canada and Australia. Last week the plastic from Rhondda Cynon Taf was discovered by celebrity chef and television personality Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. While filming alongside Anita Rani for a new BBC documentary about the amount of plastic we use, Fearnley-Whittingstall came across a 20ft high mountain of plastic waste, including packaging and recycling bags - a scene which he described as “a dystopian nightmare”. Some of that waste was from Rhondda Cynon Taf after a recycling bag bearing the name of the council was found among the rubbish. The mountains of waste has all been sent to Malaysia to be recycled, but footage suggests the plastic items have been dumped and left on what should be … [Read more...] about Malaysia will send back the plastic waste dumped from Wales
Malaysia has said it will send back some 3,000 metric tonnes of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries including the UK, US, Canada and Australia, in a move to avoid becoming a dumping ground for rich nations.Environment minister Yeo Bee Yin said 60 containers stacked with contaminated waste had been smuggled into illegal processing facilities in Malaysia. She said 10 containers will be shipped back within two weeks as she showed reporters contents of the waste at a port outside Kuala Lumpur.The waste that was displayed included cables from the UK, contaminated milk cartons from Australia and compact discs from Bangladesh. Also shown were electronic and household waste from the US, Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia and China.Ms Yeo said Malaysia and many developing countries have become new targets after China banned the import of plastic waste last year. “This is probably just the tip of the iceberg (due) to the banning of plastic waste by China,” she said. “Malaysia … [Read more...] about Malaysia to return plastic waste to countries