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Where plastic trash goes now that China is not accepting plastic anymore? 中国不再接受的塑料垃圾去哪了?

At the start of 2018, China has imposed a ban on importing 24 types of materials, including recycled plastic. The country now refuses to buy any recycled plastic scrap that is not 99.5% pure. A standard too high to reach.


In the 1990s, along with its growth as a manufacturer country, China started importing recycled plastic for processing it in goods. For 25 years, USA, Europe, and Japan have exported about 106 million metric tons of plastic, which, in most cases, was of poor quality and impossible to recycle. This simply added to China’s mounting environmental problems.


Source: Reuters (图片来源:路透社)