By mid-2018, in response to the trade war, China said that it will stop companies from importing solid waste (unrecyclable, often toxic and hazardous waste) by December 2020. China said that most of the plastic was garbage, and too dirty to recycle.
What happens to our recycling in the US?
The centers sell the cleaned recyclables on the open market to buyers who will process them into recycled materials like plastic pellets or post-consumer paper; these can be turned into new products. This entire process – the processing and creation of saleable recycled goods – costs money.
How is Chinas ban affecting recycling?
It is worth noting that the China ban only prohibits imports of plastic waste, but not recycled plastic components. If the domestic market capacity of developed countries is oversaturated, they can still export recycled plastic products to China, which is a big consumer of plastics.
Why is glass recycling so expensive?
Glass presents some tough recycling problems—including lack of end markets, contamination, and transportation costs—partly because it weighs about 10 times as much as a similar volume of plastic or aluminum. It busts up easily, which makes it hard on equipment and increases maintenance costs.
Is made in China banned in India?
For the fourth time since June, the Government of India has banned another set of Chinese owned smartphone apps, believed to be a threat to the national security of India. The reaction from the industry, which has been pushing made in India apps, is supportive of the latest ban on Chinese apps.