Around 3,000 waste pickers work Bantar Gebang landfill, east of Jakarta. They earn a few dollars a day salvaging recyclables and face a range of dangers, from landslides to lightning. The role they play in society is undervalued, say experts.
As the global market for coffee capsules grows, so does the waste associated with it. The global footprint of annual coffee capsule waste is some 576,000 metric tons—the combined weight of about 4,400 school buses.
The historic treaty agreed by UN representatives in Nairobi earlier this year was in the spotlight again at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Voices from government, business and civic society are shaping the way forward.
An effective international agreement on ocean plastic pollution should account for all aspects of plastics production – from manufacturing to disposal, and it must involve governments, the private sector, and the public.
Aside from the inflow from other countries, a bulk of the plastic problem originates from Malaysians. As industry players await the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme, relevant regulations are required for a circular economy.
About four out of every five people impacted by sea-level rise by 2050 will live in East or Southeast Asia, creating an urgent need climate-smart solutions for cities. This year’s Innovate4Climate summit will look at the climate-smart solutions the region needs.