China is not accepting plastic recycling, what shall we do with them?


(photo credit: Goats and Soda, June 28, 2018)

The U.S. and other developed countries have been
conveniently sending plastic waste to China for
more than 25 years.

Beginning in January 2018, China decided not to
import plastic waste.

Why? In order to protect the health of the
Chinese people.

We often heard from
travelers returning from China that
China’s air was polluted, yellow and it was hard to
breath there. The polluted air was primarily a result of
the process of plastic waste management.

Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam are taking
some used plastic bottles but they
do not have the same plastic waste capacity as China.

We sort our trash in one bin and plastic goods and
paper in another bin for the purpose of recycling
on garbage day.

(Garbage day. One for trash and one for recycling.)

After China’s rejection to import plastics, what can we
do with our plastics? Unfortunately, they are ending
up in our landfills and in the oceans. Sea birds, and
marine mammals have been killed a result of the waste.
We eat fish, but sometimes they were captured
in a polluted ocean that is causing our health problem.

This is all because we can’t find technology to deal with properly processing
waste materials. (Plastic bags, bread bags, foamed styrene
and batteries).


(Where do they go?)

I heard that the method for plastic recycling is very difficult and
not profitable.

I also read that Chinese firms are investing in recycling
operations in the United States. If it’s successful,
they would make a fortune!

If anyone comes up with a solution for the world’s waste
management crisis, you would instantly become a billionaire.

“Use less plastic” is a worldwide initiative aimed at improving this problem.
Meaning, we should take tote bags when we
go to grocery shopping in order to mitigate plastic waste.
I always keep five tote bags in my car so that I’m ready to help do my part.


(photo credit: Bloomberg, June 27, 2018))




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