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.
At the waste facility of Japan’s Kamikatsu town, there are dozens of different boxes for each category for recycling all its waste for only one reason: becoming a zero-waste town by 2020.
After a long campaign to urge Canada to take back the rotting waste, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at Ottawa last week and ordered the refuse be returned immediately.
The volunteers aren't part of any official group and organise events with the aim to encourage people to care about their children's future - the environment.
Last year China, previously the centre of the global recycling trade, abruptly imposed restrictions on imports of recyclable items. Could such a move force exporting countries to raise their recycling standards?
Plastic items such as straws, forks and knives as well as cotton buds will be banned in EU by 2021 as the economic bloc pushes manufacturers to step up their recycling efforts.
Members of the European Parliament seek to curb plastics waste, targeting in particular single-use plastic litter that is polluting Europe's beaches and seas.
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.
Ever since China banned imports of almost all recycled waste, piles of trash have begun appearing around big cities in South Korea.
The project not only addresses the housing shortage, but also cleans up the streets as well.
Retailers began charging for plastic bags on January 1 with aim of reducing the volume of non-recyclable waste in the country where around 30-35 billion plastic bags are used annually.
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