International Trade in Recyclable and Hazardous Waste in Asia

International Trade in Recyclable and Hazardous Waste in Asia

Edited by Michikazu Kojima and Etsuyo Michida

Little is known about the volume of international recycling in Asia, the problems caused and the struggle to properly manage the trade. This pathbreaking book addresses this gap in the literature, and provides a comprehensive overview of the international trade flow of recyclable waste in Asia and related issues.

Chapter 6: Challenges in the waste management system in the era of globalization: the case of the Philippines

Vella Atienza

Subjects: asian studies, asian economics, asian environment, economics and finance, asian economics, environmental economics, international economics, environment, asian environment, environmental economics

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Like other developing countries, waste management has become a major problem in the Philippines. This situation has become more complex as it not only concerns the environmental component but it also includes economic, political and social considerations. In addition, with the era of globalization and modernization the composition of waste has become more diverse and its volume has been rapidly increasing in the past decades. Given the complexity of waste composition and the limited capability of each country to manage its own waste, the trading of waste and products from waste have become more internationalized. Although this international waste trading has brought some positive benefits especially in terms of economic aspect, it has also caused some environmental and health problems due to improper handling of waste and the lack, or the weak implementation, of policies to properly control the movement of waste and products from waste among countries. Thus, it is important to study the current policies of each country and how these policies can be improved to address these concerns on waste and how collaboration among countries and regions can be strengthened.

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