The problem

As leaders from the 10 countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) prepare to meet in Bangkok for the 34th ASEAN Summit this June, it is perhaps surprising to note that the issue of plastic waste imports does not currently feature on the three-day agenda. With estimates suggesting that 111 million tonnes of plastic waste will have nowhere to go by 2030, ASEAN member states need to act urgently and take a unified, cross border approach.

The solutions

We call on ASEAN leaders to end this plastic waste crisis with the following recommendations:

  • Declare an immediate ban on all imports of plastic waste and e-waste, even those meant for “recycling,” and ensure all ASEAN countries ratify the Basel Ban Amendment [4];
  • Establish a holistic regional policy geared toward massively reducing the production of single-use plastic packaging and products, and facilitating innovation on reusable packaging and alternative delivery systems; and
  • Advance a sustainable and ethical circular economy framework, grounded on zero waste approaches, that protects human health and the environment, and enables the ASEAN region to decouple growth from excessive resource extraction, production, consumption and wastage.

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