Recycled plastic garbage piling up in U.K. following China plastic ban

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China's ban on importing recycled plastic garbage is causing trash to pile up recycling facilities around the UK.

China imported 7.3 million tons of waste plastic in 2017 from the U.S., the EU, the UK and Japan, Conversation reported.
But starting this year, it is now banning 24 categories of recyclables and solid waste.
Britain alone sends around two thirds about 500,000 tons of its recycled plastic garbage to China every year.

Recycling companies are now scrambling to find other markets for their recyclables, the Telegraph reported.

Some UK recycling firms are now looking to Malaysia and Vietnam, however, both those countries have capacity issues.
Unless other alternative markets can be found, the plastics will have to be sent for incineration or dumped in a landfill.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. China imported 7.3 million tons of recycled plastic in 2017
2. Britain exports of its plastics garbage to China
3. UK recycling firms are now looking to export trash to Malaysia and Vietnam
4. The UK may start incinerating or dumping the plastic in landfills

VOICEOVER (in English):
"China imported 7.3 million tons of waste plastic in 2017 from the US, the EU, the UK and Japan. But starting this year, it's banning 24 categories of recyclables and solid waste."

"Britain alone sends around two thirds about 500,000 tons of its recycled plastic to China every year."

"UK recycling firms are now looking to Malaysia and Vietnam, however, both those countries have capacity issues."
"Unless other alternative markets can be found, the plastics will have to be sent for incineration or dumped in a landfill."

SOURCES: Conversation, The Telegraph
https://theconversation.com/china-bans-foreign-waste-but-what-will-happen-to-the-worlds-recycling-85924?utm_medium=amptwitter&utm_source=twitter
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/02/plastic-waste-already-building-uk-following-chinas-ban/