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From the wasteland, opportunity rises

From the wasteland, opportunity rises

In July 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it intended to ban 24 categories of solid waste from being imported to protect its “environmental interests and people's health”. Coming into effect at the beginning of last year, the restrictions laid bare the unsustainable economics behind the UK’s management of its waste. Like much of the western world, the UK had slipped into a reliance on China to deal with its growing waste burden, using a ‘collect, sort and export’ model to shift its rubbish out of sight and out of mind. For years, it was easier (and cheaper) to ship millions of tonnes of paper, plastic and other waste around the world than to develop the capacity to process it at home.

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