China foreign waste ban blog


CIE-MAP’s Dr Christine Cole looks at the implications for the UK and other western countries on China’s new rules on importing foreign waste.

Published on The Conversation news site, the blog from the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP) research fellow explores the options for what could be done with all the waste plastic that is currently being shipped to China. China took 7.3m metric tonnes of waste plastic from developed countries in 2016, but is now banning the importation of 24 categories of recyclables and solid waste.

The new policies being implemented by the Chinese government are in accordance with their own citizens’ growing concern over environmental issues. Cole outlines a number of possible alternatives for dealing with the excess plastic, such as burning for fuel, landfill, reuse and reduction of plastic and their relative pros and cons.


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