Pollution and waste

Solid waste

Illegal Dumping Poses Challenge for Waste Management Authorities

Illegal dumping and waste burning present a challenge to municipal solid waste management in Vientiane Capital, according to authorities. Household waste management in the nation’s capital stands at only 27 percent, while the remaining 73 percent of households in the capital do not use municipal waste ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

New UN initiative to reduce plastic pollution from ASEAN cities

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the Government of Japan, today launched a new project which aims to reduce the environmental impact of cities in South East Asia by addressing plastic waste pollution in rivers ...

Plans to tackle Mekong plastic pollution take shape

Researchers plan to assess plastic waste leakage into the Mekong River system as part of efforts to protect the mighty river. Government officials and researchers from the four Mekong countries will join forces to assess plastic waste leakage into the Mekong River system. This will be done ...

Vientiane Times / ANN

Mekong nations to address choking plastic pollution

Vietnam and three Mekong neighbors will join hands to assess plastic waste leakage into the river system in a bid to fight plastic pollution in the region. Fifty government officials and university researchers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam gathered to discuss assessment methodologies to study ...

Minh Nga

Mekong countries agree to conduct plastic waste study

Government officials and researchers from Mekong river countries on Wednesday agreed to assess plastic waste pollution in the region and take action to reduce it. The agreement was made by 50 government officials and researchers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam during a meeting in Vientiane ...

Pech Sotheary

Myanmar Shows Why Fixing The Plastic Crisis Is So Darn Complicated

Golden earrings swing from San San Thwin’s ears as she serves customers in her grocery store in Mingalun village, 90 miles from Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon. This is what she has done almost every day for 30 years, but there has been a striking change ...

Sara Perria

Students turn discarded plastic bags into bricks

Tonnes of plastic waste, particularly discarded plastic bags threaten our planet with environmental pollution, and by now almost everybody knows it. However, knowing what the problem is and solving it are two different things. Luckily, a group of students have found their own way to cut ...

The Price of Recycling Old Laptops: Toxic Fumes in Thailand’s Lungs

Crouched on the ground in a dimly lit factory, the women picked through the discarded innards of the modern world: batteries, circuit boards and bundles of wires. They broke down the scrap — known as e-waste — with hammers and raw hands. Men, some with faces ...

Hannah Beech and Ryn Jirenuwat

7kg plastic waste found in dead wild deer

The stomach of a wild deer discovered dead in the Khun Sathan National Park in northern Nan province was found to contain seven kilogrammes of plastic waste, along with underwear. The office of the national park reported on Monday that park rangers found the adult deer ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

Thailand joins EU in bid to tackle marine litter

Thailand is joining hands with six other Asian countries to try and tackle the issue of marine pollution, amid increasing criticism about plastic use in the region. Under a project called “Rethinking Plastics: Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter”, Thailand — along with China, Indonesia, Japan, ...

Thana Boonlert

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