Understand The Problem

Between 2016 and 2018, the 10 countries that make up the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region saw plastic waste imports grow by a staggering 171% to 2,265,962 tonnes. Worse still, much of the wastes are shipped to the region as a form of trade for ‘recyclable’ scraps from developed countries, though it constituted hundreds of thousands of tonnes of contaminated plastic and mixed waste that can no longer be processed. Some of these imports are illegally shipped into the region, leaving receiving nations with no real capacity to deal with such wastes because in reality, there’s simply no space for any more wastes.

This culture of convenience from single-use plastic must end to truly break the system of never-ending waste. Why? Because we cannot recycle our way out of this horrid mess, which has already taken a toll on the region’s key ecosystems, iconic wildlife, not to mention, local communities.

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Be Part of the Solution

We call on the ASEAN to act firmly and decisively to address growing concerns of illegal waste and out-of-control plastic production in the region. ASEAN can no longer sweep the issue under the rug as in previous years. We ask ASEAN leaders to make a united declaration to address the region’s plastic waste crisis. Greenpeace recommends a three-point strategy for ASEAN member states to adopt as they work towards a ‘Single-use Plastic-Free World’:

1. Declare an immediate ban on all imports of plastic waste, and ensure all ASEAN countries ratify the Basel Ban Amendment.
2. Establish a holistic regional policy to massively reduce the production of single-use plastic packaging, and facilitate innovation on reusable packaging; and
3. Advance a sustainable and ethical circular economy framework that protects human health and the environment.

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Watch their journey

Local Malaysian activists and communities banded together against the mounting plastic waste trade issue.

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Say No to Single-Use Plastic

Southeast Asia is not a dumping ground. There is No Space for Waste. Tell ASEAN leaders that the trade in plastic waste imports is having an irreversible impact on our homes, communities and environment. It must stop now.

Over 90% of plastics have never been recycled, ending up in our oceans, or in landfills of Southeast Asia. We can’t win this fight alone. There are so many ways you can take action to help stop plastic pollution at the source. Share the petition with friends and family on social media and ask for their support.

We need to quit plastics for good. Single-use plastics are no longer convenient for the planet (heck, plastics are by products of the fossil fuels industry!). Greenpeace Southeast Asia released a policy brief to call ASEAN leaders to ban the import of plastic waste.

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Southeast Asia is not a dumping ground. There is No Space for Waste. Tell ASEAN leaders that the trade in plastic waste imports is having an irreversible impact on our homes, communities and environment. It must stop now.

Sign the Petition

Over 90% of plastics have never been recycled, ending up in our oceans, or in landfills of Southeast Asia. We can’t win this fight alone. There are so many ways you can take action to help stop plastic pollution at the source. Share the petition with friends and family on social media and ask for their support.

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We need to quit plastics for good. Single-use plastics are no longer convenient for the planet (heck, plastics are by products of the fossil fuels industry!). Greenpeace Southeast Asia released a policy brief to call ASEAN leaders to ban the import of plastic waste.

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There is NO SPACE FOR WASTE

Globally, only 9% of plastic waste is actually recycled – 12% is incinerated, and the remaining 79% ends up in landfills or the natural environment.