REN newsflash

Vietnam: scrap metal from used ships polluting environment
15 October 2014
“Many waste substances will be generated during the demolishment of old ships, including oil, lead-containing paint and zinc, which will cause pollution,” said Dr. Pham Ngoc Dang, deputy chair of the Vietnam Nature and Environment Conservation. The decision by The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE) was applauded by enterprises which could see huge profits from t...
Canada wants its illegal garbage 'processed' in PH
14 October 2014
Because the Canadian government can’t return the garbage that was illegally shipped out of its country, it is requesting the Philippines to process it here instead. Canadian Ambassador Neil Reeder told the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) during an April 24 meeting that his government “would like to explore with the Philippines options for processing the rest of the shipment &...
Smugglers go unpunished over 'tsunami' of toxic electronic waste
14 October 2014
Authorities have failed to prosecute smugglers secretly shipping e-waste out of Australia, despite seizing more than 20 illegal shipping containers of electronic junk destined for some of the world's poorest countries in the past five years. Experts said the seizures were part of a "tsunami" of discarded consumer goods being exported from Australia and piling up overseas, contributi...
Combating illegal trade in ODS in Indian Ocean Island States
8 October 2014
UNEP DTIE OzonAction Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment & Sustainable Development, Mauritius and the Mauritius Revenue Authority held a three day sub-regional workshop aimed at building capacity of customs and enforcement agencies of the Indian Ocean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Island States to enable them to better implement and enforce the Montreal Prot...
China proposes decentralizing its scrap import licensing
8 October 2014
China’s national Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has proposed the decentralization of what it calls “solid waste import license approval,” which is the terminology it applies to scrap import shipments. According to a September 22 report in the Beijing-based Resource Recycling magazine, the MEP has received sufficient input to create a draft of the decentralization not...
The Twelfth issue REN newflash released
22 September 2014
Highlights in this issue:     The Asia Environmental Enforcement Award launched Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9) held in Geneva Illegal importation of ODS cargo intercepted by Vanuatu Customs Click here to download
Illegal importation of ODS cargo intercepted by Vanuatu Customs
19 September 2014
On Thursday 11th September 2014, the Customs Border Control Unit in Port Vila and the National Ozone Unit carried out a joint inspection on cargo that, according to declaration forms, contained R22, a controlled substance under the Ozone Layer Protection (OLP) Act. When a physical inspection was carried out, Officers found five cylinders labeled with R407C, a substance not controlled by the OLP Ac...
Baidu partners with U.N. to tackle e-waste in China
2 September 2014
Chinese online search engine Baidu and the United Nations Development Program are hoping to streamline the recycling of e-waste in China with a new app that can help users easily sell their old electronics for cash. The Web-based app called “Baidu Recycle Station” launched Monday as part a new joint lab established by the Chinese company and the U.N. group. The lab will use Baidu&rsqu...
To decongest Manila port, send back trash, diaper cargo to Canada
28 August 2014
Looking for a quick way to ease congestion at the Port of Manila? An environmental group has proposed a solution: Send back to Canada 50 freight containers of toxic waste shipped by an Ontario-based company to its consignee in Valenzuela City last year. According to a statement released by EcoWaste Coalition, the removal of the 50 containers would free up space roughly the size of Quirino Grandst...
Ship detention highlights need for legal framework for ship recycling
27 August 2014
On June 6 2014,after receiving an alert from the Shipbreaking Platform – a non-governmental organisation comprising a coalition of environmental, human rights and labour organisations – the Flemish regional government in Belgium detained the Liberian-flagged, 45,500 deadweight tonnage car carrier Global Spirit (built in 1987) in Antwerp for alleged non-compliance with the EU Waste Ship...
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