Politics

Singapore’s NEA to implement mandatory packaging requirements to reduce waste in 3-5 years

| Singapore's Minister for Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said that the country's National Environment Agency will implement mandatory packaging requirements within the coming three to five years in a bid to reduce packaging waste.

British businesses urged to adopt circular economy principals

| Ian Cheshire, chairman of U.K.-based retailer Debenhams P.L.C. and Business in the Community environment leadership team, has said that British businesses must address environmental challenges and adopt circular economy principals.
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War of words over illegal dump sites in Hong Kong

| A war of words has broken out between the Hong Kong government and U.S.-based Basel Action Network over claims by the government that the watchdog had failed to alert the environmental protection department of a number of toxic e-waste sites in the New Territories.

Reward schemes could help increase waste recycling rates in UK

| UK's recycling reward scheme Greenredeem has found that encouraging rewards-based behaviour change schemes is the only way to increase recycling rates in the country following Brexit.
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Falling prices for scrap materials prompt closure of recycling centers in California

| Mike Oldfield, an official at California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), said that over 300 of the 2,100 recycling centers in the state have been closed in the last year and a half owing to falling prices for scrap materials. rePLanet, the state's biggest private operator, closed 191 centers in past January alone.

Fake clothing recycling bins in the UK

| Local and national charities are being cheated out of income by ambitious criminal who have started leaving fake clothes banks in towns and cities.

No need to ban plastics, recycling must be encouraged

| The Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association has asked the country's Perak state government to reconsider its decision on banning the use of plastic bags and polystyrene containers. The MPMA has urged the government to educate the public on waste management and anti-littering instead of banning plastics.
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BIR expresses concern over Brexit impact on trade

| The Bureau of International Recycling expresses concern with regards to the UK leaving the European Union.

Slovenia inching towards circular economy

| Slovenia is gradually moving towards circular economy. The country's capital Ljubljana, which holds the coveted title of European Green Capital 2016, is hosting many activities promoting sustainable development.

65% of plastics recycling professionals vote to remain in the EU

| Recoup, the plastics recycling member based organisation, asked visitors and exhibitors and Plastics Recycling Expo (held last week in Telford), whether the UK should remain or brexit from the EU by recycling their empty plastic drink bottles through the voting bins.

Irish government mulls regulator for waste industry

| The government of Ireland is looking to set up a regulator for the domestic waste industry. This is being considered as one of the options to prevent increases in household collection charges.
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Research: Majority of US e-waste ends up in Hong Kong

| A research by US-based environmental group Basel Action Network found that Hong Kong has become a dumping ground for US electronic waste. Hong Kong has replaced China to become ground zero for toxic electronic materials.

Project on sorting, recycling domestic waste no longer active in Vietnam’s Hanoi city

| A waste-sorting and recycling pilot project in Vietnam's Hanoi city is no longer active since it started 10 years ago. The project on sorting domestic waste at source was funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency.
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Fead comments on parliament draft for circular economy package

| Fead welcomes the draft report on the Waste Framework Directive (WFD), prepared by MEP Simona Bonafè, but still sees the need for some further improvement.
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