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Asiaphile is a monthly review of news and issues affecting the plastics packaging industry in Asia and covers raw materials, machinery manufacturers, converters, and brand owners

Singapore’s waste master plan

Unique among the Southeast Asian nations, where environmental degradation and ‘ocean waste’ have been the headline-grabbers, Singapore has taken a further step towards a...

Many rivers to cross

There was a time when environmental science was empirical: research produced data that, when analysed, delivered a fixed result. When peer-reviewed and reported in...

Perturbing perceptions

The release of a multi-country survey commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), aimed at identifying how consumers and food and beverage businesses...

Five more years of market disruption

Since 1948, China’s five-year plans have – for better or worse – charted the direction of the country’s economic development. In previous years, they...

Crime time

As early as 2016, with well-publicised news of forthcoming Chinese solid waste import regulatory changes looming as a part of National Sword, scrap waste...

Joining the dots

As if 2020 wasn’t difficult enough, 2021 started with two complementary regulations, enacted a world apart on 1 January 2021, which will radically change...

Eye in the sky

The problem of ocean plastics waste has resurfaced again in Indonesia, mainly driven by the onset of the monsoon season, which brings torrential rain...

Vietnam in waste war

Vietnam has largely sidestepped the coronavirus pandemic with a mere 1,353 diagnosed positive cases, at the time of writing, and just 35 fatalities since...

EPR regulations confuse in India

India intends to move away entirely from single-use plastics (SUP) by 2022 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a goal of making India a...

Taking responsibility

In the final part of a series reviewing China’s Solid Waste Law update and the tightening regulatory environment, Asiaphile investigates the changes to Extended...

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