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  South Korea faces trash crisis as illegal dumps spontaneously combust News Politics World Sport Technology Business Money Opinion Obituaries Travel Culture Lifestyle Women Family Health and Fitness Fashion Luxury Cars Free Mobile App Voucher Codes Jobs Financial Solutions Rewards Events Dating Offers Shop Garden Shop Bookshop Tickets Puzzles Fantasy Football Fantasy Rugby Work at The Telegraph Telegraph Corporate Search Video Rewards Subscribe now My Account My details My newsletters Logout Upgrade to Premium Search Video Rewards Subscribe - 30 days free Login Register Search Video Rewards My Account My details My newsletters Logout Home News Sport Business ALL SECTIONS News UK World Politics Science Education Health Brexit Royals Investigations Matt Front Bench newsletter More Telegraph News South Korea faces trash crisis as illegal dumps spontaneously combust Save Save A fire burns at the Uiseong rubbish dump  Nicola Smith, Asia correspondent 4 March 2019 • 3:25pm Follow Follow the author of this article Nicola Smith Follow the topics within this article Malaysia Asia Philippines South Korea Fire fighters in South Korea have been doing battle for three months with piles of rubbish that keep bursting into flames, but the fires keep flaring up. Some 190,000 tonnes of garbage has been dumped among the rice paddies of Uiseong county, along the Nakdong river in the east of the country, according to CNN. It is so putrid it is starting to decompose, spontaneously combust and emit foul fumes.   South Korea is drowning under 1.3 million tonnes of illegally abandoned waste, as Asia’s fourth largest economy struggles to dispose of a build-up of toxic trash that is posing public health risks and polluting farmland.  South Korea is drowning under 1.3 million tonnes of illegally abandoned waste, as Asia’s fourth largest economy struggles to dispose of a build-up of toxic trash that is posing public health risks and polluting farmland. Park Hyun-soon, an aubergine farmer told the news channel that not only were residents complaining of headaches, but that ash was falling on her greenhouses, blocking the light and ruining her crop. “The aubergine are growing gnarled,” she said. “We almost never open our windows. When we leave the house, we don’t smell the nature but the burning (garbage).” The fetid pile is the largest in the country and was reportedly first created in 2008 when a recycling business owner was granted a licence to keep 1,800 tonnes of waste at the site.  South Korea's plastic problem is a literal trash fire @CNNI https://t.co/YBRMG253d6— Paula Hancocks (@PHancocksCNN) March 3, 2019 The authorities tried to close the dump down after locals complained that it was overflowing, but it was bought over in 2019 by a waste-to-energy power plant business director from the south of the country, who claims he had no knowledge of the problems.  After the sale, more than 80 times the amount of garbage permitted at the site was deposited there by the original owner - including household waste, construction materials and discarded polymer.  The local authorities have launched an investigation against him and have pledged to move 19,000 tonnes within the year.  But the Uiseong site is just one example of the growing crisis in South Korea, which is one of the world’s largest plastic producers. In 2015 it consumed almost 132kg of plastic per capita, surpassing both the US and China, according to Euromap, an association for plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers.  China was the world’s largest importer of plastic waste until it imposed a ban on receiving trash from other countries last year because of environmental pollution concerns.  The decision left developed countries including the US, UK, Australia, Japan and South Korea with the unresolved question of where to dump their unwanted plastics.  Foreign plastic waste has been building up in Kuala Langat, Malaysia Credit: Lai Seng Sin/Reuters South Korea is one of many countries that has tried to shunt their problem onto Southeast Asia, to countries including the Philippines and Thailand.  In mid-January it was forced to take back 51 containers holding 1,400 tonnes of trash that had been dumped illegally to fester on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.  The waste has been wrongly labelled “plastic synthetic flakes” despite containing styrofoams, textiles, electronic waste, spray cans and other toiletry products. “Sending the garbage back to its origin is only just, moral and lawful,” said Aileen Lucero, national coordinator of the Philippines’ EcoWaste Coalition. “By saying ‘no’ to garbage dumping from Korea and other countries, we say ‘no’ to the derogation of our country’s dignity and sovereignty, ‘no’ to the disrespect for national and international laws, and ‘no’ to the harm they will bring to our communities,” Ms Lucero told a crowd assembled at the port to see the ship off.  The EcoWaste coalition, a collection of more than 1,000 community and environment groups, has also demanded that Canada take back 103 shipping containers of soiled waste that were sent to the Philippines by a private company between 2013 and 2014.  Meanwhile, the UK has been dumping its own garbage in Malaysia. A Telegraph investigation in October uncovered plastic waste from high street stores had been discarded at several sites around the country.