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China's scrap plastic ban saddles neighbors with piles of problems

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China's scrap plastic ban saddles neighbors with piles of problems

Note: This article was originally published in Nikkei Asian Review on 26 June 2018. ERIA's Senior Economist, Michikazu Kojima, was featured.

HONG KONG/BANGKOK -- The world is awash with scrap plastic, six months after No. 1 importer China closed its doors to the recyclable materials on environmental grounds. The ripple effects are hitting the shores of Southeast Asia's emerging countries, which have seen a surge in plastic shipments -- not all of them legal. "Thai people are angry that Thailand is becoming a place to dump the waste of other countries," said Surapol Chamart, the Industry Ministry's chief inspector-general. (Read the full article by using the link above)

Photo caption and credit: Illustration by Luis Mendo

Date

26 June 2018

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