Environment

Southeast Asia’s plastic waste problem

by Kathy Xu & Kenneth Wee

In 2018, we explored how plastics came to be and how they affect us. An estimated six billion kg of trash, mostly plastic, gets dumped into our oceans each year. That’s almost 115 fully loaded Titanics, if anyone’s wondering.

Asia’s plastics catastrophe is getting worse

Garbage sent for recycling in Malaysia ends up in a landfill

But perhaps ASEAN merely shares the blame for this
Plastic trash: The gift that nobody wants
Refusing the world’s plastic waste burden in Southeast Asia
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Kenneth Wee / Editor and Content Strategist

Kenneth handles content strategy and editorial at Kontinentalist. In his free time, he makes coffee, cooks, skateboards, and chases curious ideas.

Kathy Xu / Writer

Kathy used to write marine and environmental stories at Kontinentalist. She was history-trained but does other things now instead, like running an ecotourism shark conservation business, The Dorsal Effect. When free, she enjoys being in the ocean, trying to spot some sharks or just home cuddling with her cavvie, Danea.

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