Trading Plastics Now
Twenty sixteen China imported nearly half the world's plastic waste, but a twenty seventeen the Chinese government said it would no longer allow imports of foreign plastics for years. China had taken on more than its share of the burden to manage the world's waste, primarily sent from the US Britain, Germany, and Japan where all that plastic. Wind is difficult to determine Troy data doesn't trace the journey of ways from country to country. Some of it ends up in landfills and oceans China's reports say the plastic surplus grows annually now since the nineteen ninety s when single use plastics e ways plastics began to flood the market. The town of Guangzhou in China has been overrun by the world's e-waste behind the heavy duty plastics of most e-waste are many toxic chemicals. Like those used to make computer monitors these chemicals have leached into groundwater in Guangzhou. And researchers find that eighty percent of. Guava children now live with excess levels of lead in their blood China Mel restricts imports to better protect its environment and people's health the recycling effort as moved to other South Asian countries, like Indonesia, Malaysia where overflow remains an issue, but Indonesia is experimenting with solutions to reduce plastic marine debris by seventy percent by twenty twenty-five their turn it into asphalt and incentivizing companies that use bio-degradable packaging made with seaweed cassava and tapioca mostly plastic recycling isn't always profitable. But exporting ways means we lose sight of where it goes. And whom it may harm using and choosing biodegradable packaging can help make recycling lucrative because biodegradable scrap doesn't lose value like loads of undesirable, plastics. This moment of science comes from Indiana University. I'm Yale Cassandra, Don, Don glass.