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To invest in recycling plastics, embrace risk and watch where you divest: JBIC's Tadashi Maeda

Tadashi Maeda, governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, believes there's huge potential for new technology to solve the global problem of plastic pollution via recycling. But to do so, he says companies should first be a bit less risk-averse with new ways of doing things, and don't rush to divest from countries that not only consume a lot of single-use plastics but also burn much coal like Indonesia or Vietnam.

Maeda spoke during the Sustainability Leaders Summit, a live GZERO event sponsored by Suntory. Watch the full discussion here.

Refuse single-use plastics — but not the rest: Aloke Lohia

Refusing single-use plastics is okay, but Aloke Lohia, CEO of Indorama Ventures, believes all other plastics should be given "a fair chance" at recycling. Lohia says that some plastics are already 100 percent reusable, while chemical recycling is "just around the corner." Lohia spoke during the second of a two-part Sustainability Leaders Summit livestream conversation sponsored by Suntory.

China's next problem is recycling 26m tonnes of discarded clothes

October 19, 2020 7:55 AM

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - "Low-carbon, warmth, love," reads the sign on a large green metal bin, into which Beijing resident Zhao Xiao stuffs her unwanted, old clothes. "If some poor Chinese person really needs them, that would be great and would make me feel less guilty about throwing them away," said the 35-year-old resident of Dongcheng District.

Malaysia's battle against plastic waste spans beaches and city shops

September 18, 2020 1:58 PM

TIOMAN (REUTERS) - Every weekend, a team of volunteers comb the coastline of the Malaysian resort of Tioman to collect plastic trash that washes up on the white-sand beaches of the island lapped by the South China Sea.

Myanmar's upcycling monk leads push to cut plastic waste

September 10, 2020 11:27 AM

YANGON (REUTERS) - When a prominent Buddhist monk in Myanmar noticed a surge in plastic waste generated by residents in his Yangon neighbourhood during the pandemic, he decided to do something about it.

All eyes on Beijing as city tackles challenge of waste sorting

May 09, 2020 5:00 AM

Middle school teacher Zheng Xin used to put all her trash in one basket, but now she sorts them into four different types.

Trash for teaching: Indian students hope to set example on plastic recycling

June 11, 2019 6:55 PM

CHENNAI (REUTERS) - Armed with bags full of discarded plastic, students at a school in north-east India are hoping to set a precedent by helping the planet - and getting free tuition.

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