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Friends of the Earth slam new waste regulations

The Transfrontier Shipment Waste Regulations do not go far enough and need to include social issues as well as environmental ones, claims an environmental campaigner.

From February 5 2008 the Transfrontier Shipment Waste Regulations will be tightened to make it an offence for developed countries to send waste to developing countries if they do not want it.

Friends of the Earth senior waste and resources campaigner Michael Warhurst said the initiatives do not go far enough, although he supports its aim. It concentrates on environmental standards but not the social issue, for example, child labour involved in recycling productions or the pollution involved from the burning of plastics.

Recycling is a brand to protect. We have got to send a message to councils and Government to promote recycling and that recycling is something that people have to make an effort to do. If you get bad recycling stories in the press and people perceive it as a bad thing then there is a danger that you will stop people recycling and that they will distrust their local authorities.
Image: Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulation document

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