System in Chaos - More Poor Countries Reject Plastic Waste



Posted by Ed 38 days ago
Cambodia among Southeast Asian nations pushing back against Western waste shipments in wake of China import ban.
Cambodia will send 1,600 tonnes of plastic waste back to the United States and Canada, an official said on Wednesday, the latest Southeast Asian country to signal it will not accept rubbish shipped from Western nations.

The rubbish was found a day earlier in scores of shipping containers at the port town of Sihanoukville and will be sent back to its origin, environment ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra told AFP.

"Cambodia is not a bin for out-of-date technology to be dumped in," he said.

He said 70 containers full of plastic waste were shipped from the US while another 13 were sent from Canada.
System in Chaos
China's decision last year to ban imports of foreign plastic waste threw global recycling into chaos, leaving developed nations struggling to find countries where they could send their rubbish. 


Ed 38 days ago

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