Hi all TTers,
I can't find a specific thread on this topic so want to start one.
On the news recently, I heard a report that the Phillippines has decided to send back a shipment of 'recyclable' waste to Canada as it was
found to consist of dirty used nappies (diapers) and other horrible stuff.
This really made my blood boil. If a country as big as Canada is doing this, the mind boggles how many other countries in the first world are exporting their waste to other places, presumably paying them to take it and then turning a blind eye when it all ends up in the sea.
If countries don't want to take care of their own waste, they should be forced to do so. Only governments can put regulations in place to stop this. As a resident of Berlin, I am duty bound to separate my rubbish into different bins and if all this is then exported to countries who pay to take it, such as the above, Bangladesh, Malaysia etc, this is the height of irresponsibility and should be banned.
Canada is the second largest country in the world and can't handle its own waste? Stupid.
The world's oceans are constantly moving and what goes around comes around. The old saying 'we don't shit on our own doorstep' doesn't apply.
I hope that this kind of commentary on the internet might receive a wider audience than carrying a protest banner on the street.
In the past, I have voted conservative, but am now seriously considering turning Green.
There should be more important things in life than saving money and trying to do things on the cheap.