UK government backs campaign for recycling bases in Pakistan

The Guardian | February 18, 2019

A UK government-backed campaign to build recycling bases in Pakistan could raise millions of pounds to help reduce ocean and river plastic pollution. The British NGO Tearfund is working in the country to improve the collection and disposal of waste and the Department for International Development has agreed to match each donation given to the NGO, up to £2m. Nearly a third of people in Pakistan live below the poverty line and rubbish is one of their biggest challenges. Uncollected waste builds up in rivers and causes flooding, which can lead to diarrhoea and infectious diseases.

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Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the Stockpile Stewardship 20th anniversary event. He tied the program to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and called on the U.S. Senate to revisit the treaty -- and pass it. The United States has adhered to the terms of the treaty despite its lack of passage. Also see http://www.state.gov/secretary/remark.

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Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the Stockpile Stewardship 20th anniversary event. He tied the program to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and called on the U.S. Senate to revisit the treaty -- and pass it. The United States has adhered to the terms of the treaty despite its lack of passage. Also see http://www.state.gov/secretary/remark.

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