Solid Waste

July 15, 2013
Shanghai residents can now register to recycle electrical appliances at their local Family Mart, Lawson or 7-11, according to the Shanghai Morning Post.
What a stink! Everyone notices pollution in China
July 10, 2013
Critics have responded vociferously to new draft amendments to China's Environmental Law, focusing their ire on limiting litigation rights to the All-China Environmental Federation (ACEF). So negative has been the reaction, with one commentator saying it would set the country's cause back 40 years, that one Chinese media outlet after another denounced it as removing rights from the people. It is hard to imagine that any draft bill could be so bad considering the litany of environmental disasters that have befallen the country in the past few years.
July 10, 2013
The Carbon Trust has announced plans for a new international waste standard for businesses to help measure and manage their waste levels responsibly. It means organizations performing to the new standard will have to show they are managing waste effectively and not just reducing waste levels.
July 09, 2013
Indonesia's Environment Ministry is calling its 'trash bank' initiative an economic, environmental and social success.
A barrel of toxic waste
July 05, 2013
Toxic waste is an under-recognised major global health burden comparable to outdoor air pollution and malaria, according to a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives.   The paper says that people's exposure to industrial pollutants such as lead, asbestos and chromium from toxic waste sites in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines in 2010 resulted in the loss of 829,000 years of good health due to serious diseases or early death. Such a health burden, the researchers say, is comparable to that caused by outdoor air pollution and malaria — both serious problems in developing countries in Asia.
June 26, 2013
Consumer goods manufacturing giant Procter & Gamble is looking for a USD385,000 Asian Development Bank grant so they conduct a feasibility study which would lead to zero manufacturing waste operations in the Philippines.
June 11, 2013
China’s growing food waste is seriously harming the country's green transformation amid economic restructuring while seeking sustainable development, experts have warned.
Pollution in rural China
June 07, 2013
China's State of the Environment Report for 2012 suggests that the overall quality of the country’s environment, while not at all good, is at least stable. The condition of underground water sources and rising levels of rural pollution, however, are now major concerns. The new report, released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), is based on data collected from 5,000 monitoring stations in nearly 200 cities across the country. It says air quality in China’s cities remained "generally stable" last year, with emissions of sulphur dioxide - mainly from burning coal - falling 4.52 percent to 21.18 million tonnes.
June 03, 2013
A plastic bag ban launched in China five years ago has cut consumption by at least 67 billion bags, saving an equivalent of 6 million tonn of oil, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
May 28, 2013
Makati City in the Philippines, a country not known for its public sanitation, is about to introduce one of the region’s strictest bans on plastic bags, styrofoam and other non-biodegradable materials.
May 22, 2013
The Jakarta legislature has passed a sweeping set of regulations that will impose fines of up to IRP50 million (USD5,120) on illegal dumping of waste.
May 22, 2013
The Beijing municipal government's three-year-old household waste-sorting campaign now has 2,400 communities participating in energy-saving recycling measures, with another 600 to follow suit this year, the city government says.
Hong Kong's looming landfill problem
May 21, 2013
The Hong Kong Government has a new, multi-prongeed solid waste management plan that maps out the city’s strategy for the next decade. It's aimed at slowing the rate at which rubbish is sent to the city’s three existing mega-dumps, which are projected to reach capacity in 2015, 2017 and 2019 unless something is done. Unveiled by Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing, Hong Kong: Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources 2013-2022 repackages the familiar mantra of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” as “Use Less, Waste Less” and envisages building of at least two organic waste treatment facilities together with a large waste-to-energy incineration plant.
May 21, 2013
General Motors Thailand is driving new standards in environmental efficiency at its Rayong powertrain manufacturing facility.
May 16, 2013
Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia and beachwear brand Quiksilver have signed an agreement with Indonesian flag-carrier airline, Garuda, to co-operate on reducing rubbish along the coast of Bali.
Plasticity HK 2013
May 10, 2013
This multi-layered environmental question keeps on being asked, seemingly with few answers that translate into action. With the Center for Biological Diversity estimating that 40 per cent of the world’s ocean surface is now littered with plastic waste, this issue must be addressed and urgently. We need to focus on the issue in a new way, and in doing so create new opportunities. Plastic waste creates large, expensive and unnecessary impact on society because of its ecological impact. Ecosystems give us everything we need to live – air, water, energy and food.
May 07, 2013
Dutch companies are to help Hong Kong deal with its mounting waste problem under an agreement signed by foreign trade minister Lilianne Ploumen and the city’s Secretary for the Environment, K S Wong.
Trash bin littered with polystyrene lunch boxes
May 03, 2013
Using disposable polystyrene tableware is now okay in China after the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) overturned a 14-year ban earlier this week, much to the dismay of environmentalists and community groups. The ban was imposed by the now defunct State Economic and Trade Commission in 1999 due to environmental damage from its production and use. The NDRC now says disposable polystyrene tableware not only conforms to national food wrapping standards, but also can be recycled to make construction materials, paints and stationery.
April 29, 2013
Beijing is to speed up the construction of its garbage treatment facilities, in a bid to bring the city's daily household waste handling capacity to 24,000 tonnes by the end of 2015.
April 18, 2013
Beijing city authorities say they will get to grips with the Chinese capital’s large number of unofficial landfills, promising to regulate 75 of them this year and another 100 next year with the aim of bring 250 informal dumps into line by 2015.