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Japan’s plastic waste exports – and how to slow them down

by Devayani Khare and Pui Yi Wong | September 23, 2022

Japan has long been Asia’s biggest plastic packaging waste producer. Often lauding Japan for its comprehensive waste management system and clean environment, the international media has turned a blind eye to its continued waste exports to neighbouring countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. Globally, the enforcement of the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments has been […]

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Ahead of a Winter Energy Crisis, the EU Needs to Cut Plastic Production

by admin | September 23, 2022

New report reveals the urgency to cut plastic production to reduce the European Union’s dependence on fossil fuels and Russian oil and gas BRUSSELS – As the EU faces a looming gas shortage, EU countries are looking to consumers to shoulder the brunt of reductions and are pursuing deals to secure new fossil fuel supplies. At […]

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Journalists under attack for their investigative work on global plastic waste trade

by admin | August 9, 2022

On July 27, 2022, independent freelance journalists Vedat Örüç and Elif Kurttaş, were attacked  while visiting an industrial area with dozens of recycling facilities in Adana, Türkiye. According to a post on Twitter by Vedat Örüç, the journalists entered a plastic recycling facility with permission from a facility’s employee. They were working on a story, […]

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Panel discussion: How Plastic Waste Shipments Undermine Real Solutions to Ocean Plastic Pollution

by admin | July 12, 2022

On 28th June 2022, a panel discussion centred around the documentary “The Recycling Myth” and the issue of waste trade in Asia Pacific, was hosted as part of a virtual side event at the United Nations Ocean Conference. The event was co-organised by Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), in […]

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Environmental Groups Claim that New Rules Restricting Plastic Trade are being Ignored

by admin | June 15, 2022

Governments urged to fully enforce the Basel Convention Geneva, Switzerland (June 13, 2022) – At the ongoing meeting of the Basel Convention, the Basel Action Network (BAN) and member organizations of the Break Free from Plastic movement (BFFP) presented evidence of continued plastic waste trade, exported primarily from the rich developed countries to weaker economies, […]

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