Dumped and burned rubbish, especially plastic waste, is responsible for the death of one person every 30 seconds in developing countries, according to a new report.
Published yesterday (14 May), the report examines the impact of plastic pollution on poorer communities around the world and calls for producers of plastic waste to take action to reduce their single-use waste.
A report by Greenpeace and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives critiques the “inefficient” and “predatory” system of plastic waste exports from wealthy countries to communities in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
A UN report published at the World Economic Forum says 250 million tonnes of e-waste could be produced annually by 2050, unless systemic change takes place to make the production of electronics more circular.
The Global Circularity Gap Report 2019 states that only nine per cent of the world’s natural resources are being reused – and governments must drive changes in unsustainable patterns of consumption to avoid global warming.
This autumn, Taiwan hosted its first trade exhibition and conference dedicated to the circular economy. Charles Newman reports on the innovations that reflect this new focus on managing the flow of waste materials into new products.
As demand for electronic equipment in Nigeria continues to rise, what happens to it at its end of life is increasingly coming under the microscope. Valentine Iwenwanne examines the problem of e-waste disposal and the potential solutions.
A proposed amendment to the Basel Convention tabled by Norway has been criticised by the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services, arguing it could negatively affect the European market for plastic waste.
The world’s consumption of raw materials is set to double by 2060, with devastating environmental consequences, according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
An official investigation has been launched into claims of widespread fraud and system abuse in the plastics recycling industry, with significant discrepancies between the amount of plastic claimed for through the PRN system and the amount recorded as exported by HMRC.
A Norwegian proposal to add plastic waste to the list of wastes subject to controls under the Basel Convention has gained increasing support following the 11th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Basel Convention.
A report from the National Audit Office has called the UK’s packaging recycling rates into question, warning that fraud and error in the PRN system are not being properly monitored by Defra and the Environment Agency.