China to recycle waste from Pacific countries
China Navigation Co and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment signed a memorandum of understanding on March 21 to address the critical waste management issues of Pacific islands. The agreement will allow CNCo vessels to carry containers of recyclable waste from eligible Pacific island ports to be sustainably treated and recycled at ports in the Asia-Pacific region. Under the agreement, Pacific island countries that have insufficient or inappropriate landfill space or waste treatment facilities and the financial inability to ship recyclable waste are eligible. The types of materials considered recyclable include plastics, aluminium cans, waste oil and ozone-depleting substances.