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Trade Wars Could Make Global Plastic Problem Worse

Developing countries are pushing back on the amount of recyclable waste they accept, prompting other nations to rethink how to get rid of trash.

Tired of being the world’s dumping ground for recyclable waste, Asian nations are striking back with punitive environmental trade regulations that should leave waste-exporting nations in delirium. Last week, Malaysia’s environment minister, Yeo Bee Yin, stated that countries should manage their own waste, and that Malaysia—one of the world’s main recipients of trash—will take care of its own.


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