Hong Kong urged to look into high-profile case of electronic waste illegally shipped to Philippines as Greenpeace loses track of cargo

Hong Kong urged to look into high-profile case of electronic waste illegally shipped to Philippines as Greenpeace loses track of cargo

Hong Kong authorities have been urged to look into a high-profile case where a container holding tonnes of electronic and plastic waste illegally shipped to the Philippines from the city was sent back last week.

Philippine officials discovered the cargo in May. Photo: Greenpeace Hong Kong Office / Froilan Gallardo

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Is the EU lowering global standards for toxic and persistent substances?

Is the EU lowering global standards for toxic and persistent substances?

In its quest to improve recycling rates and to waste less, the EU is losing its renown as a leader in global chemicals management.

In Europe, the phrase "circular economy" is a golden ticket – one of those hopeful-sounding, vaguely futuristic concepts bandied about in the Brussels bubble as a potential solution to the world's environmental problems.

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Wealthy Nations Seek Solutions at Home as More Developing Countries Reject Plastic Waste Exports

Wealthy Nations Seek Solutions at Home as More Developing Countries Reject Plastic Waste Exports

On May 28, 2019, Malaysia's environment minister announced that they are sending 3,000 metric tons of contaminated plastic wastes back to their countries of origin, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Along with the Philippines, which is sending 2,400 tons of illegally exported trash back to Canada, Malaysia highlights how controversial the global trade in plastic trash has become.

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Southeast Asia Doesn't Want to Be the World's Dumping Ground. Here's How Some Countries Are Pushing Back

Southeast Asia Doesn't Want to Be the World's Dumping Ground. Here's How Some Countries Are Pushing Back

The global trash trade has reached a turning point; wealthier nations have long shipped their plastic waste to the developing world to be processed, but in recent months, some nations in Southeast Asia have begun sending the exports — much of it contaminated plastic and trash that is unrecyclable — back to where it came from.

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Millions of pieces of plastic waste found on remote island chain

Millions of pieces of plastic waste found on remote island chain

Beaches on Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean covered with litter. Shocking evidence of the pollution that pervades the world’s oceans has come to light with the discovery that more than 400m pieces of debris litter the coastline of the remote Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The layers of rubbish on the Indian Ocean archipelago weighed an estimated 238 tonnes, and included almost 1m shoes and 373,000 toothbrushes.

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