Chinese workers unloading used plastic bottles for recycling at a plastic material factory in 2010. Photo: AFP China Xtra

China’s plastic waste import ban forcing US and Japan to rethink options

  • Research in the US suggests ban will leave 111 million tons of plastic trash displaced by 2030, while waste that used to be exported is piling up in Japan
  • Export of waste from the West to Malaysia, Vietnam and India surges, but illegal dumping prompts calls to follow China and impose restrictions
Topic |   China pollution

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Chinese workers unloading used plastic bottles for recycling at a plastic material factory in 2010. Photo: AFP China Xtra
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