An employee sorts through collected plastic at a recycling factory in Lung Kwu Tan, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, on June 18, 2020. Photo: Jonathan Wong
An employee sorts through collected plastic at a recycling factory in Lung Kwu Tan, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, on June 18, 2020. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Von Hernandez
Opinion

Opinion

Von Hernandez and Marcy Trent Long

False promise of disposable plastic recycling obscures firms’ role in global waste crisis

  • The evidence shows most of the plastic waste exported by rich nations to Asian countries is not recyclable and ends up polluting the environment
  • Recycling alone will not solve the plastic pollution crisis as the real solution lies further upstream in reducing the amount of plastics being produced

An employee sorts through collected plastic at a recycling factory in Lung Kwu Tan, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, on June 18, 2020. Photo: Jonathan Wong
An employee sorts through collected plastic at a recycling factory in Lung Kwu Tan, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, on June 18, 2020. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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