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Indonesia to return 210 tonnes of waste to Australia

Aljazeera 09 July 2019

Hazardous material and household rubbish found in containers that should have had only waste paper, authorities say.

Indonesia has said it will send more than 210 tonnes of rubbish back to Australia in the latest move by a South East Asian nation against serving as a "dumping ground" for rich countries.

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E-waste mountain discovered in protected forest, headman suspected

The Nation 08 July 2019 | Thanapat Kijjakosol

A headman in Sa Kaew province bordering Cambodia has been accused of helping operate an illegal waste site in protected forestland where a mountain of industrial and electronic waste has been dumped.

The suspect was identified by a military source who joined a 100-strong security team that inspected the 20-rai plot of conserved "Zone C" forestland in Wang Nam Yen district on Monday.

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Customs enacts urgent waste smuggling measures

The Nation 05 July 2019

The Customs Department has implemented urgent measures to prevent smuggling of electronic and plastic waste into the country after Bt17.5 million worth of the waste shipments were intercepted, the department chief said.

Customs Department director-general Krissada Jinawicharana said 103 cases of smuggling the undesirable waste were intercepted by his officials during the 2018 to 2019 budget year.

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Thailand, ASEAN’s 3rd largest importer of plastic and electronic wastes

BLT 03 July 2019

In the past few years, ASEAN has been pushing away the shipments of plastic and electronic wastes (e-wastes) from around the world after China, once the largest importers of such materials, stopped accepting them in late 2017.

Statistics showed ASEAN’s imports of such wastes during 2016 and 2018 grew 171% and a survey by Greenpeace suggested that Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand became top destinations for these items.

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Curbing the waste crisis

Bangkok Post 30 June 2019 | Thana Boonlert

Asean Summit ratifies two initiatives to tackle harmful marine debris

The 34th Asean Summit culminated last week with the ratification of two green initiatives that should bode well for the future of the planet.

The Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris and the Asean Framework of Action on Marine Debris aim to strengthen regional cooperation to protect the marine environment. However, environmental advocates are urging all stakeholders to forbid foreign waste imports to reduce marine pollution.

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New law in Thailand risks drawing an avalanche of plastic waste

Nikkei Asian Review 27 June 2019 | MARWAAN MACAN-MARKAR

BANGKOK -- Thai environmentalists are pressing Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to slow the enactment of a law they say could create a loophole in monitoring pollution and result in Thailand importing more plastic waste from abroad.  

The law amends the 1992 Factory Act and is set to take effect in October. The amendment was approved in late February by the National Legislative Assembly, the then military-government's rubber-stamp parliament, to create a business-friendly environment, according to the government.

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Why waste trade should be on the Asean Summit agenda

The Nation 21 June 2019 | Lea Guerrero and Tara Buakamsri

Asean leaders meet this week in Bangkok as their countries reel from an unprecedented deluge of foreign waste dumping. Yet neither waste trade nor waste is on the agenda, especially considering the summit’s stated theme, “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”.

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'Trash plastic waste trade'

The Nation 21 June 2019 | PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 

Campaigners want Asean to target more than just marine plastic pollution  

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners have called on Asean member states to go beyond a narrow focus in solving the problem of marine plastic pollution to also address the plastic waste trade, as the region continues to be inundated with imported trash.  

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ASEAN Urged to Adopt Full Ban on Plastic Waste Imports

VOA 19 June 2019 | Zsombor Peter

BANGKOK - Environmental activists from across Southeast Asia are urging their governments to present a united front ahead of a major summit in Bangkok against a surge of plastic and electronic waste imports that are turning the regions into the world's "dumpsite."

Thailand, this year's chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), will host the leaders of the 10-country bloc for a four-day summit starting Thursday under the banner "Advancing Partnership for Sustainability."

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As World’s Trash Floods Thailand, Activists Call for Waste Import Ban

Khaosod English 19 June 2019 | Pravit Rojanaphruk

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.

Environmentalists from Greenpeace Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines gathered at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand on Tuesday to discuss the sharp rise in waste imports seen by the three countries after China banned plastic and electronic waste imports in 2017.

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