Imported garbage returned to the importers
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Asians are processing to send back the plastic waste to their origins

The world is facing a huge plastic problem. By 2030, it is estimated that more than 100 million tons of plastic waste will remain to have nowhere to go. According to Ben Harvey, who owns a recycling plant in Cambridge, receives 460 tons of waste per day including plastic and paper. The received non-paper items or contamination amount increased from another 2 percent. And they have nothing to do with these contaminations. They keep them stored and hold until they find a proper system to eliminate plastic waste. But some recyclers are working to the combustion of plastic and landfilling.

China is the world’s number one recycling market. But due to environmental contamination, china closes its doors to all recycling imports in 2017. Even for the recyclable items, china has banned receiving plastic waste from wealthy nations. Like Harvey, numbers of recyclers are forced to discharge their plastic waste to countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and many more. Eventually, these countries are deciding to stop receiving imported plastic waste from wealthy nations as the USA, Canada, and the UK etc.

Subsequently, Indonesia returns 49 containers of waste back to Australia, US, France, Germany and Hong Kong. Conducted inspections have proved that these waste breached the import laws of Indonesia. According to a recent report, Cambodia returns seven dozen of plastic waste ships back to the countries where they came from.

This seems plastic waste is bouncing from one port to another. This dilemma can become the reason for many natural disasters. For example what if these tons of plastic waste eliminated to the ocean because of having nowhere to go?

Solutions to eliminate plastic wastage

People easily throw waste into the bins. But if everyone pays a little attention before throwing plastic the situation might be totally changed.  Since we all know the fact that plastic is not a fast decompose. It takes many years to decompose. The only left option was to burn, to landfill or to crumble. But when these options did not seem enough, US municipals identified a system called single-stream recycling. Furthermore, this system allows doing recycling at home.

If we make a little effort, we can help to stop plastic production. Environmental-friendly alternatives can replace plastic. In a very positive and progressing way, recycling authorities are doing awareness programs to let people know about the harm of plastic usage. Along with that, they educate us about composing our own waste at home.

Source: www.usatoday.com, theconversation.com

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