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Toronto’s ban on single-use plastics could cripple some Asian businesses, say restaurant owners

  • On July 7, Canada released regulations prohibiting single-use plastics and suggesting alternatives to reduce the environmental impact and wildlife harm of plastic pollution.
  • The new measures also aim to shift Canada from a linear to a circular economy, in which the products will stay “in the economy and out of the environment.”
  • To accomplish this national goal, the regulations ban single-use plastics, including the manufacture, sale, import and export of checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware (such as clamshell containers, lidded containers, boxes, cups, plates, or bowls made of polystyrene foam, polyvinyl chloride, carbon black or oxo-degradable plastics), ring carriers, stir sticks and straws.
  • Asian restaurants, especially curry, ramen and pho restaurants, rely on single-use plastics to stay in business.

Canada’s new regulations prohibiting single-use plastics could severely impact Asian businesses that sell sauce or liquid products.

The regulations, announced on June 20 and set to take effect in December, aim to not only reduce environmental impacts such as plastic pollution and wildlife harm, but to shift Canada from a linear to a circular economy, where according to the regulations, the products will stay “in the economy and out of the environment.”

Filipino Engineer Uses Recycled Plastic Waste to Create Chairs for Schoolchildren

Filipino engineer Winchester Lemen is a mechanical engineer from the southern Philippines and runs Envirotech Waste Recycling to turn plastic garbage into chairs. 

Envirotech Waste Recycling (EWRI) began making chairs when a visitor came to his plant to ask if he could make something from recycled plastic, and the engineer presented prototype chairs made of melted plastic from landfills. The plastic garbage is collected, shredded, cleaned, melted and molded. After that, they are assembled, sanded and painted.

Indonesia is Becoming a Landfill for Western Countries Because of Environmental Loopholes

Environmental activists in Indonesia are speaking out against the alleged loopholes of the Trade Ministry’s 2016 regulation on waste imports that have essentially turned their home into a dump site for other countries.

The environmental group Bali Fokus called upon the authorities to improve Indonesia’s policies so plastic waste smuggling can be prevented, the Jakarta Post reported.

The U.K. Now Has Tons of Plastic Piling Up After China Stops Taking Their Recycle Waste

The United Kingdom will have to find another way to dispose of the mountains of plastic waste continuously building up in the island nation as China has stopped accepting imported household plastics meant for recycling.

According to the BBC, Britain sent up to 500,000 tonnes of plastic for recycling to China in 2014 and 2015, while it was 400,000 tonnes in 2016. Experts are now looking into alternatives such as landfills or incinerators as China will no longer receive “loathsome foreign waste” starting this month. Other Asian nations will reportedly take some of the plastic.