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Plastics pile up as China refuses to take the West's recyclables

Experts say the immediate response to the crisis may well be to turn to incineration or landfills.

China says much of the recyclable material it gets is not properly cleaned or is mixed with non-recyclable materials.


EVER since China announced last year that it no longer wanted to be the "world's garbage dump", recycling about half the globe's plastics and paper products, Western nations have been puzzling over what to do when the ban went into effect, which it...

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