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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Malaysia is refusing to turn into the world's dumping ground amid growing disposal needs, the AP reports.

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Recycling is an illusion.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-01-22 01:18 AM | Reply

@#1

Why?

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-01-22 01:55 AM | Reply

Good for Malaysia. It's about time the 3rd world push back against the hypocritical West which wants them to take their trash and trash their own countries by mining necessary metals for their phony "green" vehicles driven by affluent Westerners.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-22 02:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#3 ... Good for Malaysia. It's about time the 3rd world push back against the hypocritical West ...

Yup. 1005 agreement.

So.... based upon that, how do you propose the "hypocritical West" deal with its plastics problem?

Maybe a start might be banning plastic straws and moving on from there?

What are your thoughts on this matter?


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-01-22 02:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

oops, forgot to press [shift]

1005 -> 100%

:)

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-01-22 02:08 AM | Reply

#2 Because it's all shipped offshore to third world --------- and released into the ocean. Tons of cash is collected at the far end.

Do you think that Malaysia cares about global pollution? The waste industry isn't run by nuns.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-01-22 02:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

And yet sheeple and nulli will sneer at the notion of banning single use plastics.

Basically all they do is bitch bitch bitch about the problem and the solution.

Sounds like they are the problem.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-22 07:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

2 Because it's all shipped offshore to third world --------- and released into the ocean. Tons of cash is collected at the far end.

So what is your solution?

#8 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-01-22 11:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So what is your solution?

#8 | POSTED BY NIXON AT 2020-01-22 11:53 AM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

She has no solution. Just pile it up with the other waste..... Heaven forbid anyone try to force people to deal with heir refuse, that would be communist! other than that we could at least bring our own cups to the coffee pot. or sack our own lunch in wax paper. that would be awful...

#9 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2020-01-22 10:23 PM | Reply

"other than that we could at least bring our own cups to the coffee pot"

Except it's a Keurig now...
Once upon a time I used the same disposable styrofoam-like coffee cup for about a month, until it actually started leaking around the seam.
The cup was noticeably thinner after a month of use. Yum!

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-01-22 10:27 PM | Reply

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Until we have a space elevator there will be no solution. But at that point we could easily get some use out of Venus and crash nasty waste there.

#11 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2020-01-22 11:37 PM | Reply

But at that point we could easily get some use out of Venus and crash nasty waste there.

I would say find one of the moons devoid of life about there and use it as a dumping ground. Maybe dig deep into the ground and store it there.

#12 | Posted by boaz at 2020-01-23 08:17 AM | Reply

How about creating rockets and put them on a course for DEEP space? If space is so huge, we wouldnt see it again..

#13 | Posted by boaz at 2020-01-23 08:18 AM | Reply

My wife and I have been doing our best to minimize OUR plastic use, but much like any one country reducing emissions when the Indias and Chinas of the world are polluting full throttle, our efforts are just pissing into the wind. All it accomplishes is a self-congratulatory pat on the back.

Given my druthers, I want to see a return to glass bottles for foodstuffs, and paper products for packaging, but you can't just eliminate plastic...the medical profession would implode, automobile manufacturers would go bankrupt, etc...

You really want to accelerate waste reduction efforts? Lobby the states that are currently getting paid to be dump sites for the eastern seaboard metroplex to cancel their contracts. When NYC is buried under 10 feet of rotting trash, industry will respond to the outcry.

#14 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-01-23 08:41 AM | Reply

Given my druthers, I want to see a return to glass bottles for foodstuffs, and paper products for packaging, but you can't just eliminate plastic...the medical profession would implode, automobile manufacturers would go bankrupt, etc...

Because I work in biomedical research I'm appalled at the level of plastic waste I'm responsible for. It's simply unavoidable if I want to do science.

So I've done what you describe to eliminate plastic waste in my personal life. I use glass for storing food. But compostable paper products and such and have a large compost bin in my back yard.

It's a minuscule thing but I feel like I have to do it.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-23 11:05 AM | Reply

So what is your solution?

#8 | POSTED BY NIXON

While we should also be trying individually to minimize our use of single-use plastics and metals, we should continue to store most waste in well lined landfills until it is genuinely profitable to recycle the stuff. Someday, someone will invent a way so it will more economically feasible and environmentally clean to mine landfills than to get those materials by other means of extraction.

We definitely need to stop foisting our waste on 3rd world countries, simply to make ourselves feel better.

#16 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-01-23 01:24 PM | Reply

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