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Asia Works on Tackling Growing Waste Problem

Asia is seeking to solve growing waste problem.

Sungai Klang, a river that flows through Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia and the Straits of Malacca, is polluted with 700kg of garbage. In an effort to combat this pollution, the Malaysian government plans to invest RM3 billion for the River of Life project until 2020.

In addition to that waste problem, China, Indonesia and Hong Kong are also experiencing waste management issues.

The Huffington Post has more details on this ongoing issue:

Asia is seeking to solve growing waste problem.

Nearly 2,200 tons of waste - equivalent to the combined weight of 300 adult African elephants - is thrown every month in Malaysia, reported Singapore media outlet Straits Times.

“Despite the government’s 10 years of ‘clean river’ campaigns, 700kg of garbage is dumped to Sungai Klang, the river that flows into downtown Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia,” said Datuk Hanapi Mohamad Noor, a former director at the government’s Department of Irrigation and Drainage. A spokesperson for the Sungai Klang Basin office of the Department of Drainage and Irrigation said, “We’ve found things like sofa sets, mattresses, refrigerators, washing machines and even motorcycle frames.”

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