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Plastic pollution: One town smothered by 17,000 tonnes of rubbish

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMeet the people who fought back against foreign plastic waste Malaysia has become one of the world’s biggest plastic importers, taking in rubbish the rest of the world doesn’t want. But one small town is paying the price for this – and it is now smothered in 17,000 tonnes of waste. It began last summer. Every night, after the clock struck midnight, Daniel Tay knew exactly what was coming. He would shut his doors, seal his windows and wait for the inevitable.…

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Malaysia plastic pollution: ‘We saved our town from your Western rubbish’

When illegal factories sprang up around Jenjarom in Malaysia, choking the town with toxic fumes and tonnes of plastic waste from Western countries, a group of villagers decided to fight back. Video by Tessa Wong Drone photography by Joshua Paul Activists’ footage courtesy of the Kuala Langat Environmental Association Source link

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Uncollected rubbish prompts 1.8 million missed bin complaints

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Councils make over 800 million waste collections every year according to the Local Government Association Councils in the UK received more than 1.8 million complaints last year about waste not being collected from homes, figures obtained by the BBC have shown. A survey of councils found the number of complaints about missed collections has increased by a third since 2014. In real terms, spending on waste collection in England has fallen by 17% since 2010-11, figures show. But the Local Government Association said 99.8%…

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Cedric Marks: MMA fighter suspected of murder found in rubbish bin

Image copyright Conroe Police Department/Facebook Image caption Police captured Mr Marks after a nine-hour manhunt A mixed martial arts fighter suspected of two murders had escaped from Texas police, only to be discovered hours later, squatting inside a rubbish bin. Cedric Marks, 44, is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Jenna Scott and her friend, Michael Swearingin. They were found in a shallow grave last month. Mr Marks escaped from a prison transport vehicle after it stopped at a McDonald’s in Conroe, near Houston. He is back in police custody and…

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Why some see Chile’s plastic bag ban as a rubbish proposal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Plastic bags get caught in trees and litter the landscape “They are just everywhere and they are polluting our oceans, our fields, our cities,” says Guillermo González of the 3.4 billion disposable plastic bags used in Chile every year. Mr González heads the recycling department at Chile’s environment ministry and is only too aware of the problems caused by the huge amount of plastic bags used by his compatriots. It takes up to 400 years for a single plastic bag to degrade and very…

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Yemen: Where children rummage through rubbish for food

After nearly four years of war in Yemen, Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led military coalition appeared to agree to pause fighting. But it wasn’t to last. International pressure has been mounting to end the conflict, which has pushed the country to the verge of starvation. The BBC’s Nawal Al-Maghafi reports from a camp for displaced people, where children hunt desperately for something to eat. Produced by Nawal Al-Maghafi, Ben Allen and Hannah Gelbart for the BBC News at Ten. Source link

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‘Prince Charles ‘programmed’ Harry and William to pick up rubbish

Image copyright BBC / Clarence House Image caption Prince Charles turn 70 on 14 November The Prince of Wales took his sons litter-picking during their school holidays in Norfolk, his eldest son the Duke of Cambridge has revealed. “We were there with our spikes, stabbing the rubbish into black plastic bags,” Prince William explained. “We both just thought: ‘Oh well this is perfectly normal, everyone must do it’,” he told the BBC. William shared the childhood anecdote in a special 60-minute programme to mark his father’s 70th birthday. The BBC…

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‘Worst year’ for Horsey seals injured by rubbish

Image copyright RSPCA Image caption Seals with rubbish around their necks become unable to fish and are weakened by infection The number of seals with “horrifying” injuries caused by fishing paraphernalia and plastic flying rings is on the rise, a charity has said. The Friends of Horsey Seals monitors the colony in Norfolk and said at least 10 animals currently had nets stuck to them or rings trapped on their necks. Volunteer David Wyse said this year had been “worse than any other”. The RSPCA said it had also treated…

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Fly-tipping: What can you do with rubbish dumped on your land?

Image copyright Getty Images What do you do if a shipping container is dumped in your garden? What about a horse? It may seem unlikely, but both have happened in the past week. Fly-tipping is on the rise. Latest statistics (April 2016 – March 2017) show there were one million fly-tipping incidents in England in one year- the equivalent of nearly 114 every hour. And it’s costing too – £58m was spent by councils clearing up fly-tipped rubbish over the same period. But while we are sadly accustomed to the…

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