Plastic Waste

How Waste in Landfills Contribute to Climate Change

How Waste in Landfills Contribute to Climate Change

We take out our trash and feel lighter and cleaner. But at the landfill, the food and yard waste that trash contains is decomposing and releasing methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Are We Choking in Plastic?

Are We Choking in Plastic?

In Southeast Asia, the problem is compounded by a distinct insufficiency in waste management policy and practice.

We Need to Shift to A Circular Economy Model

We Need to Shift to A Circular Economy Model

Our myopic focus on producing and consuming as cheaply as possible has created a linear economy in which objects are briefly used and then discarded as waste.

The Waste Problem in Southeast Asia

The Waste Problem in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has seen some of the fastest economic growth rates in the world, and plastic production has boomed alongside it while waste management lags.

What Do We Learn From the China Waste Ban?

What Do We Learn From the China Waste Ban?

China's ban on plastic scrap and waste imports has unveiled the hidden dynamics of the global plastic waste trade. The world has discovered that plastics collected for recycling are actually being exported with scarce control or care for their real destiny.

The World Before and After the China Waste Ban

The World Before and After the China Waste Ban

The move was an effort to halt a deluge of soiled and contaminated materials that was overwhelming Chinese processing facilities and leaving the country with yet another environmental problem — and this one not of its own making.

Never Discount Your Role in Fighting Against Climate Change

Never Discount Your Role in Fighting Against Climate Change

Given the dismal reality, it can be tempting to throw our hands up and assume we can’t do anything to improve the situation. But that’s where we’re wrong.

Global Fresh Water Pollution

Global Fresh Water Pollution

Most fresh water pollution is caused by the addition of organic material which is mainly sewage, but can also be be food waste or farm effluent. Other forms of fresh water pollution include micro-plastics, chemicals, and nasty toxins from household cleaning products. 

Plastic Waste: Are We Making Progress?

Plastic Waste: Are We Making Progress?

The world is entering a new era in its relationship with plastic. What was once a miracle product has become public enemy number one today.

Waste Crisis Post China Ban

Waste Crisis Post China Ban

The search for new refuse dumps is ongoing today. It all started in July 2017, at the meeting of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, when Beijing announced it would be reducing its import of global plastic and paper waste.