Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Me Old China!


The recent ban by China on importing much  plastics waste from the UK and other locations means that some countries have to reconsider how they do their 'recycling' (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/07/chinese-ban-on-plastic-waste-imports-could-see-uk-pollution-rise). Essentially, what China has been prepared to pay for UK plastics waste has subsidised the costs of council recycling efforts (but not, perhaps, covering the costs of house-holder's time and hot water washing of items?). The material has often been recycled back to us from China in a variety of products. Perhaps, the policy change (linked to a need to improve environmental conditions in China) will lead to changes in the UK including a) reducing the amount of plastics in packaging; b) incinerating some of the waste (with carbon capture?) to generate electricity and c) recycling some of the material ourselves?

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