Renewable Matter # 29-30 / September-December

The Great Trade Challenge

by Silvia Zamboni

Dossier China


The ban on plastic waste imports introduced by China in 2018 has dramatically altered global trade routes for this type of refuse, and it is forcing a total re-examination of the current waste management infrastructure, which has become unsustainable.


A shock with worldwide repercussions: China’s ban on plastic waste imports, introduced at the beginning of 2018, has left the global recycling market reeling. The loss of the largest importer caused a trade earthquake that has had serious environmental repercussions. 

For many years, plastic waste was shipped to China “because there was demand from its...

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