Plenary session – Transboundary movement of plastic waste
11:00 – 12:30
The international trade in plastic waste for disposal and recycling has boomed. Social, economic, and environmental impacts arise as a result of mismanagement and weak accountability, prompting several countries in South East Asia to impose restrictions on scrap plastic imports. This has led to spill over to other countries, and illegal trade persists. A better understanding of waste flows and better management of the waste trade is needed.This session will discuss the plastics waste trade, including the flow of plastic waste into and within the region. Discussants will consider approaches (including technological and policy-led) towards better management of waste trade, as well as enhanced enforcement, research and other aspects to effectively tackle the illegal waste trade.
Law enforcement at the border against illegal movement of plastic waste – Chaowat Sukulworawit, Thai Customs Department
Controlling transboundary trade in plastic waste – Maria Tsakona, Senior Expert Waste Management, GRID Arendal
Trade in plastic waste – Michikazu Kojima, Senior Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN (ERIA)