What happens to “your” plastic once it falls into the trash can? An America wide global survey to answer these questions.
A recent survey by “The Guardian” found that: hundreds of thousands of tons of American plastic is exported every year to developing countries for the dirty recycling process, causing labour-intensive recycling.
The consequences for the environment and health are serious.
The survey showed that they were found in 11 countries:
- 68,000 plastic containers exported from the United States.
- Bangladesh, Laos, Ethiopia and Senegal are the countries that offer cheap labour and environmental regulations are limited if not zero.
- Turkey has also had shipments from the U.S. in recent years and as a result, it is
unable to handle 100% of the plastic produced locally.
These breakdowns in the recycling system are adding to a growing sense of crisis around plastic, a wonderful material that has allowed humanity to develop, but which is now found in massive quantities in rivers, seas, oceans even in the human digestive system has been discovered.