Kate O’Neill examines China’s new ban on “foreign garbage”

December 13, 2017

China, the world’s largest importer of scrap, is looking to clean up its act—and limit the amount of recyclables it imports each year.

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Nate O'Neill is an associate professor of Global Environmental Politics. 

In a recent article on The Conversation, Associate Professor Kate O’Neill investigates China’s plans to effectively ban imports of 24 types of scrap, which its environment ministry has called “foreign garbage.” O’Neill discusses the environmental impacts of China’s scrap economy and how the new regulations may affect countries like the US, which may have to increase its domestic recycling facilities. 

Read the article on The Conversation