The developed world’s recycled plastics are finding their way into countries in Southeast Asia that don’t have the capacity to deal with it, creating water contamination, crop death, illness, and the open burning of plastic waste, according to a report by GAIA.

According to the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), since China’s 2018 waste import ban, waste that would be been exported into the country flooded into Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. These countries then set up import restrictions, which meant this overflowed into Indonesia, India, and Turkey.

GAIA says this process will continue until decisive action is taken.

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Plastic Waste Exports Is “A Predatory System” – Greenpeace

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