Solid Waste

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.
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.
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.
General Motors Thailand is driving new standards in environmental efficiency at its Rayong powertrain manufacturing facility.
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.
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.
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.