Southeast Asian nations are refusing to become a landfill for hazardous foreign trash, often sent by developed countries including Japan, Australia, Canada and the US.
Indonesia rejected the waste due to violation of import rules.
As the result of an astonishing ‘recycling revolution’, Sweden has nearly reached ‘zero waste’ levels and imports at least two million tonnes of rubbish from other European countries.
In Lagos, Nigeria, truckloads of electronic waste illegally imported from developed countries is causing problems for human health and the environment.
Kenya’s Dandora landfill provides a livelihood for homeless children who are often exploited. A former landfill resident Samuel Omollo started a charity organisation to help children from the dump find a place to live and return to school.
The three landfills used to hold the trash of seven million Hong Kong residents are expected to reach capacity in two years due to poor economic and waste management policies.
Officials said the landfill receives close to 300,000 tonnes of waste collected each year from the capital.
Around 150 people were present at the garbage dump site when the landslide occurred. Almost 500 people work at the landfill daily.
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