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OSCE Mission in Kosovo to discuss combating environmental crime
MMD Newswire, 4th October 2011
(MMD Newswire) - - The OSCE Mission in Kosovo will host a one-day seminar tomorrow on environmental crime for representatives of Kosovo institutions and international organizations. The seminar is the first event of its kind in Kosovo to look at environmental crime matters. The aim of the seminar is to initiate multi-agen...
Thai Style Recycling
Waste Management World, 4th October 2011
Over recent decades the Thai government has made a concerted effort to improve the nation's waste management infrastructure and move away from the use of open dump sites. Policies that offer incentives to both local government and private industry have helped increase the country's recycling rate to 22%. Shabbir Gheewala ex...
Workshop aims to tackle animal smuggling
By Vesela Todorova, The National, 3rd October 2011
ABU DHABI // The illegal trade in endangered and exotic animals is so lucrative that traffickers use smuggling methods that risk the animals' lives, experts said yesterday. Smugglers commonly sedate young animals and carry them on board planes in hand luggage, said Dr Elsayyed Mohamed, the programme manager at the Internat...
E-Waste: China is not alone in Facing a Serious Challenge
Recycling News , 30th September 2011
There is an urgent need to prepare developing countries for surge in e-wastes, states the landmark report “Recycling from E-Waste to Resources” released by UNEP.  Sales of electronic products in countries like China and India and across continents such as Africa and Latin America are set to rise sharply in the nex...
Attempt to smuggle pesticides thwarted at Beirut port
The Daily Star, 23rd September 2011
BEIRUT: The Agriculture Ministry and the Directorate of Customs thwarted the smuggling of a dangerous pesticide through Beirut’s port, the National News Agency said Thursday. Agriculture Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan ordered the investigation in cooperation with the Directorate of Customs and General Security of an illegal...
PATROL training helps combat border crimes in Cambodia and Vietnam
UNODC, 22nd September 2011
Bangkok (Thailand) - Rapidly improving infrastructure, streamlined border procedures and greater connectivity have helped create bigger regional markets and booming economies in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. The rapidly increasing flow of people and goods across borders, however, has created huge cross-border trafficking o...
ASEAN ministers to meet for haze talks
Channel News Asia, 21st September 2011
SINGAPORE: ASEAN ministers are meeting this Friday in Bangkok to discuss transboundary haze. Singapore's Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan will attend the 12th Meeting of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution.A statement from the ministry said...
Waste to Energy Must Prove Itself to Take Off in U.S.
Waste Management World, 20th September 2011
20 September 2011 An aversion of debt investors to 'technology risks', combined with public reticence to provide capital or financial guarantees is holding up development ofWaste to Energy projects in the U.S. According to a recent report published by Renewable Waste Intelligence - Waste Conversion Technology: A P...
Plan to Recycle 6000 tpd of Waste Sent to Dallas Landfill
Waste Management World, 20th September 2011
20 September 2011, Dallas based waste separation and renewableenergy company, Organic Energy Corporation (OEC) is seeking permission from the City of Dallas to build a multimillion dollar recycling facility at the McCommas Bluff Landfill.  The company claims that the privately owned and operated facility would ca...
Feds Charge Recycler with E-Waste Dumping
Circuits Assembly By Mike Buetow, 19th September 2011
DENVER -- The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has charged two executives of a Denver-based electronics recycling firm with multiple counts of illegal e-waste exportation. The culmination of the 30-month investigation of Executive Recycling Inc.marks the first instance that criminal charges have been brough...
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