EARTH Thailand

The Waste Trade: How Southeast Asia Become a Global Dumpyard



In 2018, Southeast Asia became the world’s top destinations for waste exports after China’s waste import bans, leading to a sharp rise in illegal recycling facilities as well as illegal dumpsites, causing land, water and air pollution that has affected several communities across the region. Allegations of malfeasance, misconduct, and corruption abound.

✅ Key questions
✅ What were the impacts of the waste trade on local communities?
✅ What action steps have been accomplished since the Basel Convention Plastic Amendments have come into force?

✅ What other wastes are entering Southeast Asia? (scrap non-ferrous metals, copper, electrical and electronic assemblies (non-hazardous), tyres)
✅ What are the demands of local communities for their governments,ASEAN and other community groups? 





Daru Setyorini, Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation (ECOTON), Indonesia


Pua Lay Peng, Kuala Langal Environmental Action Organization (PTASKL), Malaysia


Akarapon Teebthaisong, Ecological Alert and Recovery - Thailand (EARTH)


Moderated by Wong Pui Yi, The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center), Malaysia



This activity is part of “Redesign ASEAN People’s Voices in World Crises” Mekong-ASEAN Environmental Week 2021 (MAEW - Mekong-ASEAN Environmental Week), a series of panel discussions on current social and environmental issues in Southeast Asia between 24-30 September 2021.


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