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Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans, discussed key environmental issues facing pacific nations at a meeting in Samoa on September 6.
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Malaysia has ramped up joint inspection and enforcement activities at recycling factories in light of what Malaysia’s environment minister, Yeo Bee Yin, reported as tonnes of contaminated waste arriving from countries such as Australia.
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This story was contributed by Pete Shmigel – the CEO of the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR).
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More shipments of waste are coming back to Australia after Indonesian officials announced 210 tonnes of waste will be shipped back due to contamination.
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The Australian Federal government is investigating shipments of waste that are potentially contaminated and have been turned away by countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia.
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Malaysian Environment Minister, Yeo Bee Yin, has held off on a planned trip to Australia, as waste remains a contentious issue between the two nations.
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According to the World Bank, municipal solid waste (MSW) generation is going to double by 2025, keeping in mind that OECD countries are still producing the majority of that waste. In Asia, the current average waste generation is approximately 0.9kg/capita/day and is set to increase to 1.5kg/capita/day as the economy develops. The current waste production in Asia stands approximately at 738,000 tons/day and will increase to 1,865,000 tons/day in 2025. The waste disposal in this region will be one of the major challenges in the years to come. Read more
However, the island nations’ small populations across a wide geographical divide throughout the Pacific Ocean presents particularly unique challenges. In this context, what is the most appropriate waste management infrastructure? Where should it be located? And where should the waste’s final destination be?
These are the questions the Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) has been grappling with and has engaged consultant Anne Prince to investigate. Read more