“China’s refusal to become the west’s dumping ground is forcing the world to face up to a waste crisis. On December 31 2017, China, previously the centre of the global recycling trade, abruptly shut its doors to imports of recycled material, citing the fact that large amounts of the waste were “dirty” or “hazardous” and thus a threat to the environment. The prices of plastic scrap collapsed, as did the price of low-grade paper. Suddenly, the lucrative trade that had sprung up shipping recyclables around the world was in crisis. To learn more…..”

https://www.ft.com/content/360e2524-d71a-11e8-a854-33d6f82e62f8

Source: Financial Times