Friday, January 24, 2020

Yeo Bee Yin Grapples With Garbage from Overseas

The Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin (right) is in the thick of battle to make sure Malaysia "does not become the garbage dump of the world". 

To prove how damn serious she was, she disclosed that 150 shipping containers filled with unwanted waste had traveled to their country of origin. She cited a total of 3,737 metric tonnes had been sent back to thirteen countries, including 43 containers to France, 42 to the UK, 17 to the United States, and 11 to Canada. 

And she hopes to push back another 110 containers by the middle of 2020 – with sixty of those going to the US of A alone. 

We are not alone in this matter – Indonesia and the Philippines too have followed suit.

Many wealthy countries exported their recyclable waste because it is cheap, helps meet recycling targets and reduces domestic landfill. In fact, the European Union is the largest exporter of plastic waste, with the US leading as the top exporter for a single country. 

Last year the UK was specifically singled out by Yeo, who said: "What the citizens of the UK believe they send for recycling is actually dumped in our country". 

Enough is enough because we have seen a skyrocketing rise in foreign plastic waste since China – once the world's largest importer – announced a ban in 2017. 

Keep it up, Yeo!

In a Wednesday match, Celtic blasted three past Kilmarnock with the latter only replying once – as the former maintained their two-point cushion over rivals Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership. 

Odsonne Edouard sent Celtic on their way with his 18th goal of the season in the twenty-fifth minute before Leigh Griffiths doubled their lead six minutes after the restart. 

The Killies managed to reduce the deficit in the sixty-sixth minute, but Christopher Jullien's bullet header seven minutes later from a Griffiths assist restored the two-goal cushion and sealed another three points for Celtic. 

Michael Stewart, former Scotland midfielder asserted on BBC Sportsound that “Neil Lennon will be a very happy manager with the performance and everything in amongst the goals”!

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