What China’s plastic import ban means for the world?

Jun 21, 2018, 7:39 AM EDT
(Source: Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership/flickr)
(Source: Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership/flickr)

For years China and high-income Western countries have been scratching each other’s back in extracting the last penny from plastics with a brazen negligence of the environment and public health.

China’s readiness to source cheap plastic and turn it into profitable tits and bits well served the interests of the U.S., the U.K., Mexico, Japan, and Germany, which unhesitatingly moved and dumped this filth for decades.

The status quo, however, broke in 2017 when China shut its doors for nonindustrial plastic waste, a move that could propel the world into an abyss of 111 million metric tons of plastics by 2030, notes Quartz.

One of the options for plastic waste exporters is to decontaminate the stuff to levels acceptable under revised China import policy, as shown by San Francisco, but in the absence of this mechanism, most of the plastics is destined for incineration or landfill sites further aggravating the menace of pollution, reports Wired.