India’s environment ministry issued a release making changes to the country’s hazardous waste rules, some of which cover scrap plastic movement. This appears to close the exemptions applied to a similar ban enacted in 2016. This reinforces the principle that each and every country needs to take responsibility for the waste that is generated within its borders. It also avoids the inadvertent shipping of non-recyclable materials to countries that do not have comprehensive waste management services. This makes good environmental sense and should create new closed-loop business opportunities by creating high quality recycled plastics that can be used back into new products.

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India moves to end plastic waste imports

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