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China putting US to shame in fight against plastic trash

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Two years ago, China stopped accepting imports of most recyclable plastic and paper. Up until that point, the country had been the world's biggest importer of single-use plastic discarded by developed countries such as the United States. That move threw the global recycling market into a crisis from which it has still not recovered.

It was a rude awakening for countries trying to deal with their trash, but one that had to come sooner or later. The fact is that recycling efforts weren't making much of a dent in the ever-increasing production and sales of single-use plastic. Nor was most plastic really being recycled. Most of it _ indeed, the vast amount of all the disposable plastic ever produced _ was still with us, in some form: buried in landfills, loose in the landscape or filling up the oceans, rivers and lakes. And with China getting out of the market, it seemed, things would get even worse.

Since then, several nations across the globe have announced initiatives to reduce their use of disposable plastic. And this month,........

© The Korea Times