REN newsflash

Ban Toxics Urges Senate to Push for Repatriation of Canadian Waste
18 September 2015
09 September 2015, Manila, Philippines – Environmental justice group BAN Toxics (BT) appealed to the Senate to push for the immediate repatriation of the Canadian waste languishing in Philippine ports for over two years now. During the Senate hearing conducted by environment committee chairman Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero, BT lamented the ‘failure of some government age...
Twenty-third issue of REN Newsflash released
19 August 2015
Welcome to the Twenty-Third issue of REN NEWSFLASH!   Highlights in this issue:   Sida-UNEP Consultation Meeting on REN National Capacity Building Workshops to be Held in Philippines Indian Ministry ‘Draft Waste Management Rules, 2015' Include Reuse and Recycling Trade Prohibitions
North London to Continue ‘Exporting’ Waste
18 August 2015
A draft version of the strategy for handling North London’s waste for the next 15 years has been published – which identifies the need to increase recycling and waste treatment capacity in the region. The seven North London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest are working together to prepare the North London Waste Plan (NLWP) which sets ...
Give Us Your Garbage, Germany Tells Trash-filled Lebanon
14 August 2015
Germany is to study plans to export Lebanon’s garbage, Beirut-based paper The Daily Star reported on Saturday, alleviating the tiny Middle Eastern country’s waste disposal problem. The capital and nearby areas have faced an acute trash problem over the last couple of weeks, after the nearby landfill –which had reached full capacity - closed. Amid sweltering summer heat, trash so...
Glyphosate Confirmed as A Probable Human Carcinogen by the World Health Organization: Pesticide Joins International ‘Highly Hazardous’ List Slated for Phase-out
12 August 2015
On July 29, 2015 a branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) released a monograph on the herbicide glyphosate on which it had based its earlier decision that this chemical is a probable carcinogen for humans. With this action, glyphosate officially joins the list of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs). Pesticide Action Network International welcomes the confirmation of the decision of the WHO&...
Recyclers Told to Use Local Waste as Government Quietly Slaps Ban on Import of Electronic, PET Scrap
12 August 2015
For a country long identified as a scavenger of the developed world's discarded waste, India may have embarked on a path to discard that identity now. The government has quietly banned the import of PET bottles, plastic scrap and a whole host of waste items, including electronic waste, coming from overseas for recycling, a move that experts believe will help jumpstart a waste management ethos ...
Lebanon Awaits International Deals to Export Wastes
11 August 2015
The ministerial committee tasked with finding a solution for the over two-week waste management crisis in Beirut and Mount Lebanon has failed so far to find an alternative for the Naameh landfill that reached its maximum capacity and was closed on July 17, pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Saturday. The crisis is aggravating and the Lebanese regions refuse to receive wastes from outside ...
Court Accuses EPA of ‘Filibustering’ on Pesticide Safety
11 August 2015
A federal court scolded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for continually delaying a formal response to a request that it restrict a pesticide’s use. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the EPA late Monday to either issue a new regulation concerning the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos or issue some other complete, formal response to the request by the end of October, more t...
Twenty-second issue of REN Newsflash released
22 July 2015
Highlights in this issue: § Enforcement cooperation highlighted at Regional Forum on Chemicals Management § Europe's largest illegal toxic dumping site discovered in southern Italy § Garbage from Canada buried; ‘case closed’ § Imported waste faces checks in Viet Nam
Garbage from Canada Buried; ‘Case Closed’
20 July 2015
Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina said on Friday the issue of illegal shipment of household waste from Canada was over, with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) now focusing on preventing a similar incident from happening again. This after 55 containers with waste from Canada, including adult diapers and household trash that had been left at the Manila port since shipment two years ago were transported f...
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