Pollution and waste

Electronic waste

Waste not, want not

Thailand has become one of the world’s largest garbage dumps after China banned waste imports, including electronics and plastics, from foreign countries in 2017. As a result, waste from many countries that was originally shipped to China is now being redirected to countries in Southeast ...


Poisonous e-waste dump cleared, leaving stench of corruption

Piles of industrial and electronic waste dumped in protected forest in the eastern province of Sa Kaew were cleared on Wednesday, making way for the Pollution Control Department to soon move in to check whether toxic residues would endanger the health of local residents. Grateful the ...

Thailand to ban foreign plastic waste from 2021

Thailand plans to stop all imports of foreign plastic scrap by 2021 as it joins other south-east Asian countries looking to stem an influx of waste products that used to be recycled in China. Fleshing out details of the ban, which was initially announced in ...

Technology can drive green growth in Mekong region

In the last 20 years, rapid economic growth in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) has reduced poverty and brought prosperity to many of its 420 million people.  Keep reading ...


City waste alarms lawmakers

HCM City has advanced to this month an extraordinary meeting to discuss waste treatment and environmental pollution after National Assembly deputies from the city expressed concern over the issues, a leader said. Nguyễn Thị Quyết Tâm, chairwoman of the People’s Council, said the meeting on urban ...

How ‘evolving’ technology creates e-waste

Let me ask you a question. Are you periodically forced to buy a new laptop because the technology – hardware or software – in your current laptop is no longer supported even though it’s fully functional? The Microsoft Windows operating system is estimated to power about ...

Fish kill in Huayxai attributed to hazardous chemicals

Lao authorities confirmed that fish found floating dead in the Nam Ngao river in Huayxai district, Bokeo province died as a result of poisonous chemicals contaminating the river.​ Officials confirmed the findings after samples of the dead fish were brought for analysis last week. The ...

Laos still faces chemical management issues

Laos is currently facing a variety of chemical management issues due to a shortage of a full set of regulations, adequate knowledge, the proper equipment and a satisfactory budget. At the 11th Regional Chemicals Management Forum held on February 21 in Vientiane, Deputy Director General of ...

Garbage disposal discussed

The second national workshop on better waste management was held in the capital this week to discuss and finalize a strategy to deal with Cambodia’s less-than-effective methods of garbage disposal. Officials from the Ministry of Environment met with the Japan-based Institute of Global Environmental Strategies ...

Noise – the hidden killer in HCM City

Tens of millions of Saigonese not only suffer from the effects of waste water, hazardous waste and emissions, but also from noise. Medical experts say that noise has damaging effects – physiological, psychological and social.  Physiologically, when noise exceeds acceptable levels, noise can cause ear injury ...

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