China Opposes Being “Dumpsite” for the World’s Garbagethucice
July 18, 2017 - China gives notice to the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it will no longer be allowing the import of waste from overseas. This closely follows a report published in 2017 that outlined how serious the problem had become. In 2016, China had imported over 700 million tonnes of garbage, by some accounts equivalent to 56% of the world’s garbage shipments. In addition, it had accepted almost 4 billion tonnes of recycling waste. However, only a small portion of that is actually recycled. Only 15% of plastics, for example, get recycled after it lands in China. Rather, most of it ends up in landfills and dumpsites across China, to create problems for human and environmental health.