Recycled meant exporting plastic waste to China (Now Permanently Banned)

As the U.S. and other countries focus on the pandemic plastic waste problem, it becomes more transparent about what that really means.

In this case, countries claiming to recycle more often than not, sent that plastic waste to China.

As of January 1st, 2018, China is rejecting these imports and it is now up to each country to determine what the heck will happen with a Nation’s plastic waste.

export percent country to china

(The chart above shows the percent of plastic, per country, ‘recycled’ to china).

Even the 111 million metric tons of plastic that the researchers found would be back in the laps of countries who used to export to China is still a fraction of all the plastic that gets produced.


It is increasingly clear that plastic is continuing to haunt the globe, and given China had taken the burden of ‘recycled’ plastic waste, all those countries previously dumping will now have to address the problem at home.

Isn’t it time we start to be proactive about better plastic alternatives?

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