Volume 96 Issue 2 | p. 3 | News of The Week
Issue Date: January 8, 2018

China restricts imports of plastic trash

Move upsets recycling programs worldwide but may lead to better waste management
Department: Business
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: Sustainability, China, recycling

A Chinese government policy aimed at curbing imports of postconsumer plastic waste went into effect Jan. 1, leaving recyclers in the U.S. and elsewhere without a market for much of their plastic waste and causing material to pile up.

U.S. localities, particularly on the West Coast, have for many years shipped plastics collected in recycling programs to China. Low wages make China an ideal place for the labor-intensive sorting of plastic waste.

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