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Has China's ban on foreign waste set good example? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2018-11-8 16:42:47 |Display all floors
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After China implemented a ban on 24 types of imported waste in January, countries in Southeast Asia have become the main destination for the waste.
For decades, China was the world's largest importer of foreign waste, as it sought to alleviate its shortage of raw materials. However, the lack of supervision over the waste processing and recycling industry and improper disposal of hazardous materials resulted in hazardous environmental pollution, which finally prompted the government to impose the ban on imports of harmful foreign waste.

Developed countries that had become accustomed to shipping their waste to China were left with no option but to dispose of their own waste or find other countries willing to accept it.

In the first half of 2018, about 91,500 tons of plastic waste found its way to Thailand from the United States, 20 times the amount of the plastic waste Thailand imported from the US throughout the whole of last year.

A few days ago, the Thai government said it will follow China's lead, and stop importing foreign waste completely in 2021. Malaysia and Vietnam, which have also seen spikes in imports of foreign waste, have also vowed to impose limits.

These Southeast Asian countries have quickly realized what China learned the hard way that the environmental and social costs incurred by the treatment of foreign waste dwarf the limited economic gains.

This means the developed countries will need to shoulder more responsibility to process their own waste. The era of "they need it, so we can dump it" is over.

The developed economies with 16 percent of the global population produce 34 percent of the world's waste. They are obliged to treat their own waste and minimize the environmental impact of the waste they produce.

As China has proposed, and which more and more countries have shown they accept, the global garbage processing system must be reformed and become fairer and more sustainable.


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Post time 2018-11-8 21:30:27 |Display all floors
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Post time 2018-11-9 08:57:21 |Display all floors
Yes ! The organized crime has more to do ! To dump it every where else
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Post time 2018-11-9 12:20:40 |Display all floors
It's a shame that Western countries dump their waste in Asia; in the past in China, but since China stopped accepting their garbage, they have exported them to Vietnam, Malaysia etc, creating huge pollution problems for these countries which unfotunately are greedy for the waste.  Every country should tackle its own waste; it is disgraceful to export their waste and their pollution problems to other countries!  It is morally unacceptable, even if those poor countires don't mind the waste.

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