Since 1992, China and Hong Kong have taken in approximately 72% of global plastic waste according to a study in the journal Science Advances.

Other scrap importer countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam or India are incapable of absorbing the tens of millions of tons that China had previously taken.

And few American industries possess the ability to treat the waste. -Yahoo “The biggest issue here is that China just gave very little time for the industry to transition,” said Adler.

already pays $75 a ton for recycling vs.

“It will be more and more expensive for us to recycle,” he said.

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