US Cities Face “Moment Of Reckoning” As China Halts Trash Imports

Posted on February 25, 2019 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Source: US Cities Face “Moment Of Reckoning” As China Halts Trash Imports

Contrary to the common wisdom that recycling will save the sea turtles, the reality is that most of the recyclables collected in the US are incinerated or thrown in a landfill (sorry, turtles).

, while China has a reputation for being inundated with pollution and smog according to the American popular perception, now that the Chinese aren’t taking our trash, we have no idea what to do with it.

“The unfortunate thing in the United States is that when people recycle they think it’s taken care of, when it was largely taken care of by China,” said Gilman. “When that stopped, it became clear we just aren’t able to deal with it.”

Governments have had years to look at this problem but did nothing.   They all that waste was a huge problem and non one wanted to admit that it has to be dealt with and there is a real cost to do this.   Exporting our rubbish was a very bad idea.   Now we are all in trouble as this mountain of waste is going to grow so fast and all its associated problems will now start appearing.  The human health issue will be huge.  The pollution factor will be enormous.  But we have to start paying the full price of products to get this under control.