China has announced a year-long crackdown on the illegal smuggling of foreign waste, at the same time as it carries on its policy of not accepting legal shipments if they are too contaminated, sending 160 containers of contaminated paper recycling back to Ireland.
Businesses have backed the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, supporting a report outlining the potential for more than £9 trillion in benefits, and called on the UK government to help reach the global targets.
The designer of a mobile recycling facility says that governments and NGOs must seek practical solutions to sanitation in refugee camps, with the number of displaced people around the world at record levels.
ISWA has published a roadmap for closing the world’s biggest dumpsites, a ‘global health emergency’ accounting for around 40 per cent of the world’s waste and presenting severe health risks to the four billion people that use them.
Yesterday marked Earth Overshoot Day, the day we use up the last of the natural resources and processes the planet can replenish in a year, but the day was marked in Scotland with plans to galvanise resource efficiency.
A bill has been introduced to the US Congress to stop the export of electronic waste to China in order to clamp down on operations that ‘undermine national security’ by selling counterfeit goods back to American supply chains.