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
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Primary schools across the Warwick district are working together to help tackle plastic waste by creating building bricks out of plastic bottles and unrecyclable plastic. Schools across the Warwick district are joining school children from Sierra Leone to help tackle plastic waste. Fifteen primary and junior schools in the area are taking part in the project where they collect non-recyclable plastic and 500ml plastic bottles in order to create eco-bricks.An eco-brick is made from a plastic bottle packed with used plastic, which is then used to create a building block that can be reused.The schools are connected through the One World Link, which is a community friendship organisation with a 37-year-long link between the districts of Bo in Sierra Leone and the Warwick district.Creating eco-bricks is part of the schools’ involvement in the Zero Waste Project, which is funded by the British Council Connecting Classrooms scheme. This grant enables teachers to develop school … [Read more...] about Pupils across Warwick district working with school children from Sierra Leone to tackle plastic waste
From bento boxes to individually wrapped bananas, plastic reigns supreme in Japan. But amid global concern about single-use waste, new legislation could help end the country's love affair with plastic. The push comes ahead of the G20 summit, which Japan will host in Osaka in June. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government wants to use the meeting to push for an agreement on reducing marine plastic waste. But the country's own record on single-use plastic is hardly exemplary: Japan generates more plastic packaging waste per capita than any other country except the United States, according to the UN. "We believe there is room to reduce that volume and we are now considering ways to do that," said Kentaro Doi, director of plastic waste strategy at Japan's environment ministry. In 2018, Japan's government unveiled a proposal to start tackling the issue, with the goal of reducing the country's 9.4 million tonnes of plastic waste a year by 25 percent by 2030. A key part of the proposal is to … [Read more...] about Not so fantastic: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic?
India has banned imports of waste plastic a year after China, the world’s biggest importer of scrap plastic implemented a similar ban on western imports. The move is to reportedly close the gap between waste generation and recycling capacity. India generates 26,000 tons of plastic waste every day. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now “The country has now completely prohibited the import of solid plastic waste by amending the Hazardous Waste Rules on March 1,” an environment ministry official said. “It has been done keeping in consideration ‘ease of doing business’ and boosting ‘Make in India’ initiative by simplifying the procedures under the rules, while at the same time upholding the principles of sustainable development and ensuring minimal impact on the environment,” the ministry said, according to … [Read more...] about India bans imports of plastic waste
UK ‘not on track’ to recycle 50% of household waste by 2020 BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The UK is not on track to meet EU targets to recycle half of household rubbish by 2020, the latest Government data suggests. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/uk-not-on-track-to-recycle-50-of-household-waste-by-2020-37816278.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37816274.ece/76b6b/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_676077f7-5c88-44b8-afd5-9aed45ab8ba6_1 Email The UK is not on track to meet EU targets to recycle half of household rubbish by 2020, the latest Government data suggests. Figures for 2017 show 45.7% of household waste in the UK was recycled, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) said. Under the Waste Framework Directive, members of the EU must meet a target to recycle 50% of household waste by 2020. The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29, and it is unclear whether the target will continue to apply during the transition period. The … [Read more...] about UK ‘not on track’ to recycle 50% of household waste by 2020