Author Archives: Mark Thompson

Plastic waste piling up in Japan after Chinese import ban

Plastic waste is piling up in Japan with many local governments struggling to cope after China banned the import of such waste late last year, Environment Ministry data showed Thursday. According to about a quarter of 102 local governments that responded to a ministry survey, the amount of plastic waste stored at local scrap companies…

Fashion Bosses To Be Questioned Over Industry Sustainability

Fashion bosses will be asked to reveal the steps they are taking to improve the sustainability of their operations and reduce the environmental impact of the clothes that they sell, as part of an inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry by Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). Clothing manufacturing produces carbon emissions, contributing to…

Thailand to Permanently Ban Plastic Imports by 2021!

Thailand will now officially ban all scrap plastic imports by 2021, according to the Financial Times. The country has said it needs this transition period to build domestic processing infrastructure and also honor existing import licenses that run until 2021. As for e-scrap, which has been a particular concern due to environmental effects from illegal operations,…

Canada looks at tackling global issue of plastic pollution in oceans

The Canadian government has committed to banning the use of single-use plastic in government operations. “Our commitment is to collect, reuse or recycle, at least 75 per cent of all our plastic waste by 2030,” Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. To read the entire article click here!  

Rethinking Recycling

The National League of Cities (NLC) released a new report “Rethinking Recycling: How Cities Can Adapt to Evolving Markets,” which analyzes how city leaders can develop resilient local waste management systems in response to China’s new regulations. The report marks the beginning of a larger effort to examine sustainability in solid waste management and is the first…

Remondis Plans for 50MW Waste to Energy Plant in Brisbane, Australia

German waste and recycling firm, REMONDIS, is working on plans to build a $400 million waste to energy plant in Swanbank, south of Ipswich, Queensland. “The proposed plant will convert between 300,000 and 500,000 tonnes of waste per year to generate up to 50 megawatts of baseload electricity for Queensland households and businesses. “This project…

Can we fight food waste with plastic packaging?

If food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest (PDF) greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter in the world, accounting for 8 percent of global emissions. Much of this impact comes from food ending up in landfills, where the zero–oxygen environment turns organic matter into methane. Click here to read the entire article!

Paper and the Circular Economy

Paper is a natural fit for the circular economy model. Paper-based materials are becoming the go-to replacement as companies look for more sustainable ways to produce their products. Wood, paper, and paper-based products, in many circumstances, tie into the circular economy model. To read the entire article click here! 

World Bank: Global waste generation could increase 70% by 2050

A new in-depth report highlights the mounting inequities of waste management around the world, along with the financial and climate opportunities that could come from truly addressing it. Click here to read the entire article! 

More big plastic promises at G7

Earlier this summer, five of the G7 member countries signed an Ocean Plastics Charter that set multiple targets around plastic recycling to mitigate marine pollution. This week, Canada has been hosting the G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting in Halifax to focus on next steps and gain more international support ahead of plans to bring the charter to the U.N….