Governments require substantial management capabilities and infrastruc- ture in order to effectively develop, implement and enforce laws, policies and regulations governing the sound management of chemicals and wastes. However, most countries presently lack sufficient national man- agement capacity and the financial resources needed to protect human health and the environment.
A very small tax could yield significantly more annual funding than has ever been allocated for sound chemicals and wastes management
Webinar series helps communities face wave of waste-to-energy proposals that hide toxic effects
Friday, 11 September 2020
Zero Waste Australia in concert with IPEN has created a webinar series aimed at steering communities back to an environmentally sound plastics waste strategy that doesn’t include waste-to-energy incineration projects, after the incineration industry seized upon a national declaration to end waste exports.
In 2019, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) declared that waste plastic, glass, paper and tyres would no longer be exported, stating that: "The COAG waste export ban is the first step in taking responsibility for our own waste and using this resource to create jobs, spark innovation, and deliver strong environmental outcomes."
The waste industry was quick to see an opportunity. Now, much of Australia's waste will be reprocessed into Process Engineered Fuel and Refuse Derived Fuel — both mixtures of waste that include discarded material, including plastics — for continued export overseas or as fuel for paper mills, cement plants, and waste-to-energy incinerators in Australia.
Initial Study to Understand the Existence of Lead Paint Used in Preschool and in the Child's Family in Hai Hau District, Nam Dinh Province, Vietnam, a study conducted by Research Centre for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (CGFED), in coordination with the Department of School Hygiene and Health, National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health (NIOEH).
IPEN Steering Committee member Griffins Ochieng, of CEJAD (Center for Environmental Justice and Development) commented for both articles. “The chemistry council’s plastics proposals would “inevitably mean more plastic and chemicals in the environment,” said Ochieng. “It’s shocking.” In response to clogged waterways, Kenya imposed a country-wide plastic bag ban in 2017, putting it in the forefront of opposition to plastic waste, which contains toxic additives and can break down into smaller particles that enter food and water systems. “Africa is looking like a new dumping ground, we are not going to allow that,” Ochieng said.
For more on toxic plastics and weak controls on their trade and disposal, visit our Toxic Plastics page.