'Plastic recycling is a myth': what really happens to your rubbish?

'Plastic recycling is a myth': what really happens to your rubbish?

You sort your recycling, leave it to be collected – and then what? From councils burning the lot to foreign landfill sites overflowing with British rubbish, Oliver Franklin-Wallis reports on a global waste crisis.

Plastic waste ready for inspection before being sent to Malaysia; the UK produces more refuse than it can process at home – about 1.1kg per person per day. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

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Canada Called Upon to Finally Sign Pact to Stop Dumping Wastes on Developing Countries

Canada Called Upon to Finally Sign Pact to Stop Dumping Wastes on Developing Countries


Seattle, WA. July 22, 2019. In a letter to Ms. Catherine McKenna, Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change, several leading Canadian and Global environmental organizations, are calling on Canada to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment -- a 1995 pact known as the Ban Amendment which would amend the Basel Convention to require developed countries to cease exporting hazardous and other wastes to developing countries for any reason. Canada has ratified the Basel Convention but not the Amendment.

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Another Country Just Received A Massive Shipment Of Garbage From Canada And They're Not Happy

Another Country Just Received A Massive Shipment Of Garbage From Canada And They're Not Happy

Earlier this month, ports in Vancouver accepted a shipment of 1,500 tonnes of garbage back from the Philippines, after a lengthy dispute with the country about Canada’s trash. While it looked for a short while like Canada’s garbage wars were coming to an end, it seems they may have only just begun, as another country is now asking Canada to take back its trash.

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