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Over The Next Decade, A Huge Wave Of Plastic Waste Will Sweep The World

Zhangjiagang Sansu Machine Co.,Ltd | Updated: Jun 30, 2018

In the next 10 years, huge plastic wave spread over the world, according to the Washington post and other media reported that the United States at the university of Georgia researchers for global trade analysis suggests that China stop importing foreign garbage, by 2030, the world is expected to have 111 million tons of plastic waste to landfill or recycled.More than 85 per cent of the world's plastic waste comes from rich countries that have long shipped recyclable plastic to China, the report said. Studies have found that since since records began in 1992, China imported 106 million tons of bottles, plastic bags, paper and other waste, the 26 years accounted for about 45% of the world's total waste, at the same time, 72% of the world's plastic flow to China. After China banned the import of foreign waste in January 2018, the waste will "sweep the world".The report said that as China's ban on foreign waste takes effect, rich countries may transfer it to other developing countries. "Although not as large as China, countries like India, Vietnam and Malaysia have imported more plastic waste," Vietnam recently suspended imports because ships carrying plastic waste blocked ports. But experts warn that these countries themselves lack the facilities to dispose of their own trash, and that importing foreign trash will only worsen the quality of life of the locals.Experts at the university of Georgia, who were involved in the study, also said that based on past data, only 9% of the world's plastic waste is recycled, with the rest falling into landfills or nature. Research shows that between 8.3 billion and 9 billion tons of plastic have been produced since 1950, more than four times the size of mount Everest. There is little regulation of plastic production. The world's annual production of plastics has exploded from about 2m tonnes in the early 1950s to 322m tonnes in 2015, far exceeding the efficient disposal capacity and expecting more demand.