07 Dec '17, 6pm

World's Plastic Nightmare May Never End as China's Demand Set to Soar

World's Plastic Nightmare May Never End as China's Demand Set to Soar First, the good news. On Wednesday, more than 200 countries signed a United Nations resolution to eliminate plastic pollution in our oceans. Now the bad news. China will stop accepting imports of plastic trash from other countries as of Jan. 1. That might sound like a good move for the world's top ocean plastic polluter . But in an awful twist, China's ban on foreign plastic trash could actually leave a massive hole in its domestic scrap recycling program. This means the Chinese are now demanding more new plastic to replace salvaged material, Bloomberg reported. Cue the global plastics industry tenting their fingers and muttering "Excellent," Mr. Burns style. According to Bloomberg, U.S. chemical makers such as DowDuPont Inc. "are rushing to find markets for millions of tons of new production amid an ind...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/china-plastics-recycling-2515630...

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