In the next few years, companies in Singapore will have to take responsibility for the packaging and electronic waste they produce. But what will this mean for businesses in a city that incinerates most of its waste and is low on recycling infrastructure?
Amid tensions between the Philippines and Canada over garbage sent illegally to Philippine ports six years ago, more trash shipments have arrived from Australia and Hong Kong. Activists are calling for the ratification of the Basel Convention, which prohibits plastic waste imports. But will this solve the problem?
With increasing urbanisation, Asia faces enormous challenges to ensure environmental sustainability and the liveability of its cities while maintaining economic growth. But the solutions are already within our reach, says Ken Kawai of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Advances in technology is making it possible to make the bioeconomy—defined as the agriculture and forestry industries—more sustainable without sacrificing productivity. Frank Rijsberman of the Global Green Growth Institute highlights examples of green growth.
Singapore is a laggard in how it manages plastic waste. Businesses are not held accountable for the plastics they produce, and incineration is incentivised over recycling. Here's what the city-state should do differently.
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After China banned waste imports, Malaysia has taken up the slack with worrying consequences, a Greenpeace investigation has found. Much of Malaysia's imported trash—most of which comes from the US, UK and Japan—is not recycled, but dumped or burned.
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China's city of Shenzhen will play host to the world's largest waste-to-energy power plant by 2020, which will be capable of burning 5,000 tonnes of garbage daily. Here's how they're doing it.
Countries will be confronted with an increasingly complex challenge over the next 15 years. Major risks such as poorly managed urbanisation, climate change, and unequal rather than inclusive growth in ...