It’s not the end of the world for recycling. There are other places recycling can go to be processed, and we can still process it ourselves – it just won’t be as easy as it once was. Officials from the EU have said they now expect more recycling to go to other countries like Malaysia and Vietnam, but the chances that they’ll manage to process all of the waste that China is now rejecting is fairly slim.
In reality, countries like the UK that send so much waste to China are going to have to start developing a more extensive sustainable recycling infrastructure of their own. That won’t be easy, and there’s a good chance that the price of recycling and recycled products will rise.
But relying on another country for 50 per cent of the world’s recycling probably wasn’t all that sustainable anyway – so if this forces us to start building long-term solutions to our existential waste management problem, then it may well turn out to be a good thing.
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