Plastics Waste Management in the Manila Bay Watershed, Philippines

Page numbers: 85-92

Author: H. Stoltzfus

“In analyzing solid waste management practices in the Philippines, one may identify many impacts, or ‘leaves’ on this human environment that are fed by the global trade in plastic waste. They are especially relevant for plastics produced in newly industrialized Asian countries, consumed once worldwide, converted to waste, and shipped back to small-scale landfills, leaving the majority of the world’s plastics problem ‘out of sight’ and thus ‘out of mind’. The bulk of the maladaptive effects of globalization, then, are left to an unfortunate few billion people in the South Pacific at the whim of regional and global political and consumptive trends. These people—impoverished rural and urban…”