A new plan to improve Moscow's waste disposal programs will classify incineration as a form of recycling. According to the plan, released by the Moscow city government on Monday, any form of burning trash that generates heat or electric energy will be counted as recycling. The new policy is part of the city's efforts to improve its waste collection and disposal efforts between 2020 and 2029. The city of Moscow will produce 8 million tons of waste materials in 2019, posing a significant problem for the region's landfills Earlier this summer, the city promised it would launch a citywide recycling program that would make separate recycling bins mandatory for all residential buildings. The recycling plan would include plastic, glass, paper, cardboard, and aluminum.
A spike in demand for protective equipment, takeaway packaging and single-use bottles during the coronavirus pandemic is leading to a surge in plastic waste. This contribution to our collective rubbish is offsetting the expected decrease in plastic waste generation as a result of the current decline in economic activity. At the same time, efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 have seen recycling efforts such as those run by municipalities, airlines and other businesses put on hold. The net effect of these factors has been that more waste and recyclables have been disposed of through both landfill and incineration. Coronavirus may also be leading to medical facilities producing more waste that must be treated as hazardous and disposed of accordingly.
Nearly half of all household waste in England was sent to the incinerator last year despite a government target to recycle more. Of the 22million tonnes of waste produced in 2018, 11.2million tonnes was burnt, according to the latest figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The amount recycled was 9.8million tonnes - 44.7 per cent of all waste produced - several percentage points short of the government's 50 per cent recycling target. 'After failing to move forward for a long time, we're now going backwards', said Louise Edge, head of Greenpeace UK's ocean plastics campaign. The amount recycled in 2018 was down to 9.8million tonnes, 0.5 per cent down on the amount sent for recycling in 2017 as more waste is sent to be burnt in incinerator such as this one in Newhaven (stock image) The recycling rate in 2018 was down by 300,000 tonnes on the previous year and more than 1million tonnes below the 2016 recycling rate.
China's decision to stop accepting plastic waste from other countries could cause the polluting material to flood the planet, scientists have warned. More than 111 million tonnes of plastic will need a home by 2030 following the Chinese import ban on worldwide plastic waste. Wealthy countries must find a way to slow the accumulation of one of the most ubiquitous materials on the planet, researchers said. China's decision to stop accepting plastic waste is causing the polluting material (pictured on the shores of the Arabian sea) to pile up around the globe, scientists have warned Plastic was first introduced in the 1950s and since then 8.3 billion tonnes (9.1 billion tons) has been produced. Many wealthy countries such as the UK, the United States, Japan and Germany said they were'recycling' their plastic but they were actually exporting it to China.