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Europe Struggles As Plastic Pollution Piles Up: Analysis

Published on May 13 2018 11:00 AM in Packaging And Design tagged: Trending Posts / Waste / Paywall / Plastics / War On Plastic / Landfill

Europe Struggles As Plastic Pollution Piles Up: Analysis

Europe has sent just over half the plastic waste it used to ship to China to other parts of Asia since Beijing's environmental crackdown closed the world's biggest recycling market in January.

The knotty problem is what to do with the rest.

Some of the surplus is piled up in places from building sites to ports, officials say, waiting for new markets to open up. Recycling closer to home is held back by the fact that the plastic is often dirty and unsorted, the same reasons China turned it away.

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