China Gets Out of Trash Business

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China announced last year that it is no longer importing plastic trash, bringing to an end to decades of being the world’s largest disposal and recycling center. Without this convenient service, developed countries will have to retool their approach to the wide spread use of these packaging products.

From just 2017, a cumulative 8.3 billion metric tons of new plastic has been created. Only 9 percent of all plastic waste has been recycled, and the negative effects on the global environment continue to grow, according to a study by University of Georgia.

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The problem is that there is no market for the trash. The oceans are choked with plastic in certain areas where currents take it. Just six rivers in the world produce 94% of the ocean’s pollution.  None are in North America or Europe. Many countries of the world still use rivers as their garbage disposal system.