Zambia considers WEEE import ban; pollution closes Vietnamese waste plant; Jamaica looks to recycle 35% of plastic bottles
Zambia plans WEEE import ban
Zambia plans halting imports of old computers, television sets, radio cassettes and DVD players to reduce e-waste levels in the country. The Zambia Environmental Management Authority (ZEMA) has deployed officers at all border checkpoints in a bid to prevent imports.
ZEMA and the Zambia Bureau of Standards have seized hundreds of electrical appliances including television sets, radio cassettes and DVD players from a warehouse in the capital Lusaka considered to be below accepted standards. The agency has also intercepted a container filled with older electronic products at Chirundu border.
“We have no capacity to dispose of hazardous electronic products. We have to export electronic wastes to appropriate countries like Finland for disposal,” ZEMA principal information and communications officer Irene Chipili Chipili said.
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Part of Vietnamese waste treatment plant closed
The authorities in Ho Chi Minh City are to close part of the new $48.8m Phuoc Hiep solid waste treatment complex because of pollution. The landfill area has been operating for eight months but the government wants to close it to prevent pollution after local residents complained.
Locals said that after rains, the awful smell from the landfill covers an area within a radius of 2-3km. Water resources are also seriously polluted, and all local canals have turned black.According to a survey in 2013, urface water of the areas around the Phuoc Hiep complex are contaminated with organic nutrients, iron and microorganisms at high levels.
Jamaica sets bottle recycling target
Jamaica will be looking to recycle up to 35% of plastic bottles by 2016. Parliament has been told that a joint venture aimed at achieving this objective was underway involving the government and several drink producers incuding Lasco, Wisynco, Pepsi and Tru-Juice.
The aim is to recycle 4,690 tonnes of pet plastic bottles each year.
Pakistan and Tajikistan sign textile collaboration
The governments of Pakistan and Tajikistan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on collaboration over textiles, during the visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the Central Asian nation. Both nations will exchange information on cotton, organise training programmes, exchange visits of experts and trade delegations, and establish joint enterprises.
During the visit, Prime Minister Sharif and President Rahmon agreed to set a target of expanding bilateral trade to $500m over the next three years. It was also agreed to establish a Joint Business Council (JBC) to intensify collaboration between the private sectors of the two countries.
Uzbekistan and Korea agree textile deal
Several agreements for cooperation in the textile sector were signed between Uzbekistan and Korea during the first state visit of South Korean President Park Geun-hye to Uzbekistan.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Uzbek light industry joint stock company Uzbekyengilsanoat and the Korean Institute of Technology Development for setting up a Textile Technology Innovation Centre in Tashkent.
A $20m agreement was signed for a project between Uzbekyengilsanoat and the South Korea-based Yanguan Corporation. In 2013, bilateral trade turnover between the two countries exceeded $2bn.