After regional backlash against waste imports, and a growing recycling crisis in the nation, Australia will move to ban waste exports to other nations.
THE URSUS PROJECT
The world dumps a staggering total of over 2.12 billion tons of waste every year. We only recycle 9% of it. And far too much of that waste ends up inn our rivers and oceans, wreaking havoc on our ocean wildlife, and putting at risk the health of communities that rely on the ocean for their livliehoods.
The Ursus Project, named in memory of Peter "Bear" Best, follows our collective efforts to cut down on the waste that we produce, and it's impact on the world around us. We focus on efforts across Asia to cut down on single-use plastic, and work to see policies and laws implemented at local and national levels to achieve this. Over time, the Ursus Project will evolve, and we're excited to have you along for the journey. Find out more about the Ursus Project, and get involved.
No real surprises anymore: the waste has come from rich nations like Australia, the US and Canada, and flooded into a nation already battling a humongous waste and plastic problem.
“It’s a kumbaya pipe dream, it’s a logistical clusterf–k, it’s an impossibility. Kinda like the movies... So, to me, that’s kind of a turn-on.”
The Philippines becomes the next Southeast Asian nation to consider full bans on waste imports, and sends back trash to developed nations.