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The countries where we dump our waste are fighting back

Lovemoney Logo By Frances Carruthers of Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 33: A little over two years ago, China was the world’s biggest importer of plastic. Then, in January 2018, it enacted a new law that banned the import of 24 types of solid waste, including paper and plastic. Since then, the burden has been shifted to a wave of developing countries where the World Bank estimates that only 10% of imported garbage is recycled. Click or scroll through to find out which countries are facing a rising tide of waste – and how they’re fighting back.

Garbage collectors no more

A little over two years ago, China was the world’s biggest importer of plastic. Then, in January 2018, it enacted a new law that banned the import of 24 types of solid waste, including paper and plastic. Since then, the burden has been shifted to a wave of developing countries where the World Bank estimates that only 10% of imported garbage is recycled. Click or scroll through to find out which countries are facing a rising tide of waste – and how they’re fighting back.

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