News By/Courtesy: Aakash Raj | 07 Jan 2021 16:16pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ban on export of plastic to Asian Countries
  • plastic treatment and reducing air pollution
  • Objectives of EU towards protecting the environment

Under the new rules, shipping polluting plastic waste to developing countries would be restricted. The purpose of the rule proposed to the UK Parliament is to protect poorer countries from being the dumping ground for unnecessary wastes. The new trade report indicates that in 2018, around 356,233 tonnes of plastic waste was shipped from the UK to developing countries for recycling. These wastes often end up discarded in water bodies. In response to this, many developing countries have been witnessed to send back these waste materials to developed countries. The Environment Commissioner of EU, Virginijus Sinkevicius stated that the current regulations amending the 2006 Waste Shipment Regulation would fully prohibit exports to less developed countries outside the OECD of unsorted plastics. This move has come following China’s 2018 ban on the import of plastic and various reports presented by environmentalists that state how these wastes are discarded to Asian countries like Malaysia by the developed nations. The reforms that take effect on January 1 were meant to grant developing nations the ability to reject imports of waste that can end up being badly handled and can affect the health and climate of people. The EU plan would go beyond reforming the Basel Convention by allowing only mixed or potentially polluted plastic waste to be shipped to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries on the grounds of their prior approval. The revised Environment Bill further stipulates that manufacturing industries shall take greater responsibility for the goods and resources they sell. Environmentalists suggest steps to reduce the volume of plastic generated in the first place should also be included in the law. The bill also emphasizes a pledge the legally binding targets must follow for reducing air pollution by removing the superfine PM 2.5 particles. The bill would help the government's 25-year strategy to enhance the state of nature by requiring that developers demonstrate the habitat conditions will eventually be changed. However, the Critics claim that the steps taken would be hollow unless the existing balance of control between developers and city authorities and councils is moved away from developers. According to the Geneva Secretariat of the Conference, photos of plastic litter on beaches and floating in the oceans have publicly exposed a massive plastic glut since the last century. It has been reported that about 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic material wastes have been generated since the 1950s. Out of this, only 12% of wastes have been incinerated, less than 10% of wastes have been recycling and the rest 80% is dumped in the landfills or are discarded untreated. A statement released by Sinkevicius holds that about 1.5 million tonnes of plastic have been exported by the EU to countries like Malaysia, Turkey, and Indonesia.

 

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Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 08 Jan 2021 3:20am IST


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