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SINGAPORE/JAKARTA, July 18 (The Straits Times/ANN): Surgical masks, gloves, face shields and fluid bags have been found scattered among daily household rubbish at two dumpsites in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, raising fears that waste pickers and residents nearby could be infected by the coronavirus.
In China, fighting pollution is one of the ‘three tough battles’, together with poverty reduction and achieving financial stability. More than 45 major Chinese cities have said they plan to establish a waste sorting system by the end of the year and smaller cities will follow suite by 2025.
BEIJING (Xinhua): Starting Friday (May 1) Beijing will join a club of Chinese cities to carry out mandatory garbage sorting in new efforts to protect the environment.
Waste regulator takes 33 companies and 37 individuals to court but wishes heavier penalties can be imposed as deterrent.
From MALAYSIAN PLASTICS MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, MALAYSIAN PLASTICS RECYCLERS ASSOCIATION.
BEIJING: Beijing residents may face a fine of 200 yuan (RM118) if they fail to sort domestic garbage, according to a draft regulation.
SELANGOR’S population of almost 6.3 million people – the largest in the country – generates more than 7,000 tonnes of solid waste a day.
Sydney: Australia pledged to stop exporting recyclable waste amid global concerns about plastic polluting the oceans and increasing pushback from Asian nations against accepting trash.
Why do Malaysians persist in dumping waste willy-nilly? Does it all come down to dollars and a lack of sense? Legal landfills are filling up, so what do we do with it all – besides dumping it anywhere we want, heedlessly.