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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Stop dumping plastic waste!

The problem with plastic waste is that it becomes plastic pollution.
Futures Forum: "The golden shores of Bali are being lost under a mountain of garbage"

Because we don't know how to handle it anymore:
Futures Forum: Why the world’s recycling system stopped working

What we should not be doing is exporting our rubbish:
Futures Forum: UK plastic pollution ending up in Poland, rather than China
Futures Forum: Waste crime is the “new narcotics” >>> UK plastic pollution ending up in Poland once again - and being sent back
Futures Forum: Saving the Mediterranean from plastic pollution ... with yellow ducks

Rather, we need to be dealing with it right here:
Futures Forum: We should be following the "proximity principle" and dealing with our own recycling waste at home

And the polluter should pay:
Futures Forum: Councils face mounting costs of dealing with plastic waste: "manufacturers should take up more of the responsibility for dealing with these unrecyclable materials"

Here is a new petition from Avaaz:



This is unbelievable -- western governments are dumping millions of tonnes of plastic waste on developing countries with paradise coastlines instead of recycling it! Now a summit in Geneva is deciding whether to stop the export of plastic trash to countries that can't process it, but the Trump administration is trying to block it. A massive show of support could make the difference -- so let’s build an urgent worldwide campaign with a single clear message: stop dumping plastic in paradise!
Stop dumping plastic in paradise!

Dear friends,

This is unbelievable -- western governments are dumping millions of tonnes of plastic waste on developing countries instead of recycling it!

We’ve all seen shocking pictures of paradise beaches choked with plastic waste. But I bet none of us knew the plastic could be from Europe, the US, and Canada!

Right now, in a bid to tackle this scandal, a summit in Geneva is deciding whether to stop the export of plastic to countries that can't process it.

There’s huge support for the idea, but big business and powerful governments like the Trump administration are trying to block it. Champions say a massive show of public support could make the difference, and will take our voices into the room in 48 hours -- so let’s speak out urgently with a single clear message: stop dumping plastic in paradise!

Sign to stop plastic dumping

Plastic is literally choking our oceans. Everywhere we look we see the carnage -- dead whales washing up with stomachs full of plastic, seabirds suffocating, turtles drowning in plastic nets. And most of the plastic enters the sea in developing countries without strong recycling systems.

Which is why it’s so INSANE that rich countries are shipping their plastic waste to some of these exact countries!

Now we have a chance to change it. A coalition of countries led by Norway is pushing to add plastic to a deal on hazardous waste, meaning it couldn’t be exported unless there were safeguards it would be properly processed, and giving poorer countries the right to refuse it.

We can’t solve the plastic crisis engulfing our oceans while using pristine coastlines as a global plastic dump. The decision will be made in days -- so join now to tell our governments: stop dumping plastic in paradise!

Sign to stop plastic dumping
Our movement has fought the scourge of plastic pollution again and again. We’ve helped win bans on plastic bags, funded clean up plans on polluted rivers, and delivered a giant call to ban throwaway plastics to the UN. Now we need to rise to defend our oceans again.

With hope and determination,

Risalat, Rewan, Bert, Iain, Spyro, Alex, Rosa, and the rest of the Avaaz team

More information:

The world's recycling is in chaos. Here's what has to happen (Wired)
https://www.wired.com/story/the-worlds-recycling-is-in-chaos-heres-what-has-to-happen/

Norwegian proposal to place trade controls on waste plastics gains support (Resource)
https://resource.co/article/norwegian-proposal-place-trade-controls-waste-plastics-gains-support-12823

America’s new recycling crisis, explained by an expert (Vox)
https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/4/2/18290956/recycling-crisis-china-plastic-operation-national-sword 

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