China No Longer Accepting World’s Garbage, Time for A National Recycling Program
In 2017, China announced that it would no longer be accepting much of the world’s trash in the coming year. In January, it followed through with that announcement and stopped accepting 24 types of waste which includes plastics, mining slap, garbage textiles, and plastics. China’s stated reason for no longer accepting the waste is its own concerns over pollution domestically.
This new policy has caused shockwaves in the United States, Ireland, Germany, Canada, and a number of European countries who are now rushing to figure out a solution to their growing piles of trash that had previously just been sent overseas.
If sanity were to prevail of course, the United States and fellow countries would immediately begin developing methods of recycling and industries/services to do just that domestically. A national recycling program would be a perfect solution that would not only recycle the material that is now piling up but also clean up the American environment and create good-paying jobs.
In other words, a national recycling program funded by low- to zero-percent interest credit from a nationalized Federal Reserve that would see the entire country’s garbage recycled and sold at a profit as well as the recycling of material already buried in landfills.
Instead, however, the United States is attempting to force China to accept its trash by using the World Trade Organization’s enforcement mechanism for the “Free Trade” and the “Global Economy” that has ruined the living standards of virtually every country that has embraced it. The U.S. is arguing that China’s new policy is causing a “fundamental disruption in global supply chains for scrap materials.”
As Reuters reported,
“China’s import restrictions on recycled commodities have caused a fundamental disruption in global supply chains for scrap materials, directing them away from productive reuse and toward disposal,” a U.S. representative told the meeting, according to a trade official in Geneva.
“We request that China immediately halt implementation and revise these measures in a manner consistent with existing international standards for trade in scrap materials, which provide a global framework for transparent and environmentally sound trade in recycled commodities.”
But sanity is not something the WTO is known for enforcing. Still, China is defending its policy, however. As EcoWatch reports:
“The concerns are neither reasonable nor have any legal basis,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a daily press briefing in response to the U.S. official’s remark.
“It’s very hypocritical of the U.S. to say China is breaching its WTO duty,” Hua said. She noted that if the U.S. thought it legitimate to restrict exports of high-tech and high-value-added products, then China’s ban on foreign waste imports was not illegal.
“Restricting and banning the imports of solid waste is an important measure China has taken to implement the new development concept, improve environmental quality and safeguard people’s health,” Hua said, adding that the Basel Convention allows countries the right to restrict the entry of foreign waste.
“We hope that the U.S. can reduce and manage hazardous waste and other waste of its own and take up more duties and obligations.
The United States annually sends 13.2 millions tons of scrap paper and 1.42 million tons of scrap plastics to China.
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