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China's waste import ban upends global recycling industry

Nations scrambling to find new places for growing piles of recyclables while some Chinese recycling companies have laid off staff or shut down

Global plastic exports to China could sink from 7.4 million tonnes in 2016 to 1.5 million tonnes in 2018, while paper exports might tumble nearly a quarter, estimates Mr Brunet of the Bureau of International Recycling.


FOR years, China was the world's top destination for recyclable trash, but a ban on certain imports has left nations scrambling to find new dumping grounds for growing piles of garbage.

The decision was announced in July and came into force on Jan 1, giving companies from...

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