A scrap collector sorts plastic waste at a garbage dump in Shanghai. China’s coastal waters have seen a surge in waste, with plastic making up more than 80 per cent of floating rubbish. Photo: AFP

China’s ocean waste dumping at highest level in at least a decade, with 27 per cent surge in 2018

  • Delta regions of Yangtze and Pearl rivers hardest hit, according to environment ministry
  • Plastic dominates waste above and below water surface, including on the seabed
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A scrap collector sorts plastic waste at a garbage dump in Shanghai. China’s coastal waters have seen a surge in waste, with plastic making up more than 80 per cent of floating rubbish. Photo: AFP
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China’s massive urbanisation programme has also produced a mountain of unwanted construction waste. Photo: AFP

China counts the environmental cost of its construction boom, as 1.5 billion tonnes of waste created every year, report says

  • Only 100 million tonnes are properly processed and even household rubbish gets more attention from local governments
  • In comparison, developed nations like the US and Japan recycle between 90 and 95 per cent of their construction waste, magazine report says
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China’s massive urbanisation programme has also produced a mountain of unwanted construction waste. Photo: AFP
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