Govt Vows Action After Myanmar Villagers Demand Fertilizer Factory’s Closure Over Pollution

YANGON—The chief minister of Yangon Region on Tuesday promised villagers that he would assign two ministers to inspect a fertilizer factory whose closure has been demanded by local residents who say it exposes them to chemical pollutants. Residents of two villages in Yangon’s Twante Township have raised a stink about foul odors from the fertilizer […]

Plastic recycler gets funding as pollution awareness rises

Fund manager Delta Capital Myanmar recently announced it had invested US$12.6 million in Commercial Plastics Co Ltd (CPC) of Yangon, which recycles post-consumer plastic bottles collected from all over the country. The investment, made via Delta Capital’s Myanmar Opportunities Fund II and Daiwa PI Partners’ Daiwa Myanmar Growth Fund, will enable CPC to buy equipment […]

The business of plastic waste

Plastic products are both a convenience and a curse but some innovative businesses in Yangon are striving to reduce their impact on the environment. FROM THE packaging of food to the outfitting of cars, plastic is essential to modern life. Its use accelerated rapidly after World War One, though the first man-made plastic material, Parkesine, […]

Health Foundation Chief Looks to Ban Smoking in Yangon

Yangon – The People’s Health Foundation is implementing a four-year plan to designate Yangon as a smoke-free city, according to foundation chairman Dr Than Sein. Speaking at the launch of a campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of passive smoking on Tuesday, Dr. Than Sein said the campaign aimed to prevent non-smokers from […]

An electric bus leapfrog for a cleaner, healthier Yangon?

More cars, buses and trucks on the roads are driving air pollution higher in Yangon. In 2018, a team of Japanese and Myanmar researchers found the city had unhealthy levels of what scientists call PM2.5 – soot 100 times thinner than a human hair. According to their article, published in Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine, […]

A clean-up campaign for Yangon’s air pollution

The SHWEDAGON Pagoda was our first stop on a mission to gather data on air quality in various locations across Yangon, which began one Sunday morning in late March. The air quality in the commercial capital seemed to have deteriorated throughout the hot season, and we wanted to know how bad it was and what […]

Plans for Coal-Fired Power Plant Face Opposition in Mon State

YANGON — Plans to build the first coal-fired power plant in Mon State have come under fire by local residents, who say they worry about pollution and potential health ramifications. The Thai-based Toyo-Thai Group held a consultation meeting on Friday with local residents to explain plans to build a 1,280 MW power plant in Inn […]

YCDC warns 78 factories to install waste water treatment system before year’s end

YANGON – Seventy-eight factories have been instructed to install waste water treatment system by the year’s end, an official from Yangon City Development Committee said. According to Than Lwin Oo, head of pollution control and cleaning department, out of 3,264 factories in the 24 industrial zones in Yangon, 207 release waste water into waterways. Waste […]