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Where the world’s garbage goes now China doesn’t want it

Lovemoney Logo By Frances Carruthers of Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 33: On 31 December 2017 a new law was introduced in China, meaning that the world’s former biggest importer of plastic would no longer accept 24 types of solid waste including paper and plastic. Cue a global frenzy: industrial nations were suddenly forced to find new dumping grounds, resorting to developing countries where the World Bank estimates that only 10% of imported garbage is recycled. Here are the countries facing a rising tide of waste – and how they’re fighting back.

Countries that are importing more waste

On 31 December 2017 a new law was introduced in China, meaning that the world’s former biggest importer of plastic would no longer accept 24 types of solid waste including paper and plastic. Cue a global frenzy: industrial nations were suddenly forced to find new dumping grounds, resorting to developing countries where the World Bank estimates that only 10% of imported garbage is recycled. Here are the countries facing a rising tide of waste – and how they’re fighting back.

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