Britain is frantic now that China won’t take plastic wastePosted on January 7, 2018 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
For 20 years, China has essentially been the UK’s plastic dump. Now that door is closed and nobody knows what to do.
This change has come as a huge blow to the UK, in particular, which used to ship two-thirds of its waste plastic to China. Since 2012 the UK has sent more than 2.7 million tonnes of plastic to China.
Recoup, a UK-based charity working to promote recycling levels in the UK, blames the government for not taking action when it should have. An article in the Guardian says there were indications in 2008 and 2012 that the Chinese market may eventually be restricted, but the UK never did anything about it. Indeed, it’s acting as if it were blindsided by the announcement. Environment minister Michael Gove admits he doesn’t “know what impact it will have” and hasn’t “given it sufficient thought.”
What is the most likely scenario is that our western consumption habits won’t change we will just find another poor country to take our plastic waste. Which is just exacerbating the problem of how do we deal with plastic waste.