by Promod Puri
Countries worldwide seem to be facing an escalating problem as to where to dump their daily accumulation of non-composite garbage.
Shiploads of containers carrying all kinds of waste from electronic to plastics and even household garbage are floating the world seas finding their final resting or burial place.
After China changed its policy not to accept electronic and plastic waste anymore, and other countries like Malaysia and the Philippines, refusing to be dumping places either, the developed countries are stranded with their garbage.
Recently, Philippines “threatened” Canada to take back its garbage sitting on the former’s shores for the last over 10 years. That made-in-Canada garbage is finally returning home.
Malaysia, where some clandestine garbage contractors have been importing garbage, the government has cracked down on them under its strict policy that the country “will not be a dumping ground to the world.”
Dumping of garbage in poor and developing countries is as much an environmental concern as from the exporting rich and developed nations.
It is a world problem, where each country must seek its own environmental solutions to handle its garbage, whether it is plastic, electronics, or household.