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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.

2018年初,中国禁止进口24种材料,包括可回收塑料。中国现在拒绝购买任何非99.5%纯度的回收塑料废料。一个无法达到的高标准。

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.

上世纪90年代,随着中国作为制造国的发展,中国开始进口可回收塑料,用于加工商品。25年来,美国、欧洲和日本出口了大约1.06亿吨塑料,这些塑料在大多数情况下质量低劣,无法回收。这直接加剧了中国日益严重的环境问题。


Source: Reuters (图片来源:路透社)