An officer stands next to a container full of illegal imported plastic waste in Batam, Indonesia, in July 2019, when the country returned seven shipping containers of such waste to France and Hong Kong. Southeast Asia has been a hotbed of illicit plastic waste trade since China enacted a ban on “foreign waste”. Photo: AFP An officer stands next to a container full of illegal imported plastic waste in Batam, Indonesia, in July 2019, when the country returned seven shipping containers of such waste to France and Hong Kong. Southeast Asia has been a hotbed of illicit plastic waste trade since China enacted a ban on “foreign waste”. Photo: AFP
An officer stands next to a container full of illegal imported plastic waste in Batam, Indonesia, in July 2019, when the country returned seven shipping containers of such waste to France and Hong Kong. Southeast Asia has been a hotbed of illicit plastic waste trade since China enacted a ban on “foreign waste”. Photo: AFP

Letters | End Hong Kong’s shameful role in illegal plastic waste trade

  • New guidelines might not be able to prevent the United States, Hong Kong’s largest source of imported plastic waste and the only developed country which has not ratified the Basel Convention, from using the city for re-export of plastic waste

Topic |   Hong Kong environmental issues
An officer stands next to a container full of illegal imported plastic waste in Batam, Indonesia, in July 2019, when the country returned seven shipping containers of such waste to France and Hong Kong. Southeast Asia has been a hotbed of illicit plastic waste trade since China enacted a ban on “foreign waste”. Photo: AFP An officer stands next to a container full of illegal imported plastic waste in Batam, Indonesia, in July 2019, when the country returned seven shipping containers of such waste to France and Hong Kong. Southeast Asia has been a hotbed of illicit plastic waste trade since China enacted a ban on “foreign waste”. Photo: AFP
An officer stands next to a container full of illegal imported plastic waste in Batam, Indonesia, in July 2019, when the country returned seven shipping containers of such waste to France and Hong Kong. Southeast Asia has been a hotbed of illicit plastic waste trade since China enacted a ban on “foreign waste”. Photo: AFP
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