Global Waste Shell Game: "Returned" Illegal Waste Shipments from U.S., Diverted from Indonesia to other Asian Countries

Global Waste Shell Game: "Returned" Illegal Waste Shipments from U.S., Diverted from Indonesia to other Asian Countries

In what environmental watchdogs are calling a global pollution shell game, Indonesian officials have been caught approving re-exports of illegal U.S. waste shipments to other Asian countries instead of returning them to the U.S. as promised. Instead of being returned to their senders, the waste containers have been diverted to India, Thailand, South Korea, and Vietnam.

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'Plastic recycling is a myth': what really happens to your rubbish?

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You sort your recycling, leave it to be collected – and then what? From councils burning the lot to foreign landfill sites overflowing with British rubbish, Oliver Franklin-Wallis reports on a global waste crisis.

Plastic waste ready for inspection before being sent to Malaysia; the UK produces more refuse than it can process at home – about 1.1kg per person per day. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

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