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Plastic Pollution

Hector · 43 · 2005

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Just 5 minutes - a France 24 report on Asia not wanting more plastic waste from the 'West'.
Recycling capacity is overloaded.

They could send it to Thailand and just chuck it in a river  ;)  I see so much plastic waste around - I wonder if that could be happening already ?

https://www.france24.com/en/20190824-trash-imports-china-ban-southeast-asia-dumping-ground
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''Children in Indonesia are being poisoned by British household recycling waste sent to the Asian country where it is illicitly burnt on open dumps, a Telegraph investigation can disclose. The Daily Telegraph found remains of packaging - including medical supplies and supermarket wrappers - on tips close to a recycling plant that imports containers of discarded British plastic.

Locals have complained that children have been breathing in toxic fumes and suffering ill health as a consequence.  The plastic waste was collected for recycling on British streets and then dispatched to a village on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital 9,000 miles away. The journey taken by the waste - that involves councils and a complex network of contractors, sub-contractors and Chinese waste companies - highlights the chaos of Britain’s recycling system. The investigation reinforces the demands made by The Telegraph’s Zero Waste campaign for central and local government to do more to improve recycling rates.

The Telegraph’s reporting team found the British plastic waste being burnt on open tips in the village of Pasar Kemis.  It suggests that the well-intentioned drive by the UK to recycle more and more household waste is creating a dangerous knock-on effect
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/30/british-councils-sending-recycling-indonesia-burnt-unauthorised/
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"Compostable and biodegradable plastics could add to marine pollution because there is no infrastructure in place to make sure they break down correctly, a committee of MPs has warned. The use of alternatives to plastic are being adopted by many food and drink companies, takeaway coffee venues, cafes and retailers. But experts giving evidence to MPs on the environment, food and rural affairs committee said the infrastructure required to deal with the new packaging was not in place and there was a lack of consumer understanding about these alternatives.

Much of the compostable packaging produced for the UK market only degrades in industrial composting facilities, rather than in home composting – but not all is sent to these facilities. Environmental NGOs told the committee that the rapid introduction of such alternatives could actually increase plastic pollution. Juliet Phillips, of the Environmental Investigation Agency, said: “If a biodegradable cup gets into the sea, it could pose just as much of a problem to marine life as a conventional plastic cup.”
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/12/plastic-alternatives-may-worsen-marine-pollution-mps-warn

''Further evidence that plastic does not discriminate as it spreads across the planet: the marine conservation organisation Sea Shepherd said it is washing up in large quantities on a remote Australian beach. Sea Shepherd joined Indigenous rangers in picking up more than seven tonnes of marine plastic pollution on a two-kilometre stretch of Djulpan beach, in northeastern Arnhem Land.''

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/06/seven-tonnes-of-marine-plastic-pollution-collected-on-remote-arnhem-land-beach
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