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Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin on Sunday said the government of Bangladesh has not allowed and will never allow plastic waste and its illegal trade into our country.

https://www.daily-sun.com/printversion/details/523542/Govt-won’t-allow-plastic-waste-trade

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin on Sunday said the government of Bangladesh has not allowed and will never allow plastic waste and its illegal trade into our country.

On January 1, China will no longer be accepting waste from other countries, with Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia likely to feel the brunt of the new policy
Campaigners, scientists say Trudeau government showed 'bad faith' by using loophole on plastic waste

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-us-plastic-waste-basel-1.5827340

Environmental groups are accusing the Trudeau government of acting in bad faith after it quietly signed a bilateral agreement with the U.S. that could allow it to evade some of its obligations to stop shipping plastic waste to poor countries around the world.

Advocating for Ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment

After a slew of toxic trade disasters in the 1970s and 1980s that saw rich, highly industrialized countries dumping their hazardous wastes on poorer developing countries, the international community rallied together to reject the free trade of hazardous wastes. In 1995, the Ban Amendment was adopted to strengthen the Basel Convention to absolutely forbid all exports of hazardous wastes for any reason from developed to developing countries.

Ottawa, Canada – Only a small group of countries continues taking advantage of a loophole in the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) that allow banned chemicals like toxic flame-retardants (polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in recycling. Canada is one of them. These toxic polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) flame retardant chemicals were banned globally many years ago.

IPEN and Arnika Press Release

Environmental Health Groups Celebrate the End to EU Allowance for Banned Flame Retardant Chemicals to Enter Recycling Streams & New Products

(Gothenburg, Sweden) The European Union (EU) has taken an important step towards cleaning up its recycling; it will no longer allow materials containing a class of toxic, globally banned flame retardants known as PBDEs to be recycled. Researchers had revealed that across Europe, alarming levels of toxic banned flame retardants and related chemicals, which originated largely from discarded electronics equipment, were contaminating the recycling stream and new consumer goods made from recycled plastics. Environmental health advocates applaud the EU’s decision and encourage the six remaining countries with PBDE recycling exemptions to follow suit.

https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/18/southeast-asia-should-ban-foreign-tr...

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Environmental groups called on Tuesday for Southeast Asian countries to ban waste imports from developed countries to help tackle a plastic pollution crisis, as regional leaders prepare to meet this week in Bangkok.

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/bangkok/2019/06/19/as-worlds-trash-fl...

By
Pravit Rojanaphruk, Senior Staff Writer

BANGKOK — Thailand and its Southeast Asian neighbors are becoming major dumping grounds for the world’s plastic garbage and electronic waste. Environmentalists now want to see a ban on waste imports imposed across ASEAN.

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