Recently, the news that China's customs has returned 700 tons of foreign garbage overseas has aroused heated debate on the Internet.Many netizens expressed their support for the country's move, but many more expressed their doubts about why foreign waste should be transported to our country.
Between countries, trade is always inseparable from the topic.As we all know, the trade disputes between the United States and the rest of the world have been making a lot of noise recently. These trade disputes have caused great losses to the world economy and seriously restricted the development of the world economy.
Among countries, the most likely source of unequal trade is the export of energy and industrial products and technology.In fact, not only China, the United States this time against many countries in the world's trade issues, are also around this aspect.But international trade is not just the input and output of energy and industrial products. Waste is also an important factor.
But how can garbage become an important factor in the trade between countries? Let's not say that garbage is a very important resource for some developing countries.
Chinese companies then sell these products around the world and make money from them.Then they import, produce and sell cheap foreign "raw materials" in large quantities, and so on.This approach, though highly profitable, is also good for economies with low productivity levels.
However, this practice has brought serious environmental pollution to China and put great pressure on public health.So in July 2017, the Chinese government announced a total ban on imports of 24 kinds of "foreign garbage" from January 2018 in order to tackle domestic pollution problems.
China embargoes foreign garbage, western countries panic
Now, China's tough stance on foreign garbage imports has alarmed the rest of the world.The rich world, unable to transport its waste, is paying the price for its former sloppiness.The United States has been at risk of being surrounded by garbage since 2018.In the Midwest, in particular, chaos has broken out.
China's garbage embargo, the first impact is on employment.According to the national scrap metal recycling industry association, 155,000 jobs in the United States that depend on the export of waste to China are threatened, with an average annual salary of $76,000 and a total tax contribution of $3 billion.
The Boston globe reported that some recycling plants in Massachusetts are piling up waste, increasing the cost of handling it and causing chaos for the recycling industry and municipalities.Towns that used to make money from recycling are now forced to pay as much as $70 a ton to ship waste to their own landfills or incinerators in the United States.
In particular, residents are now paying $70 a tonne for recycling, up from $3.Recycling costs in brainley, Massachusetts, have risen more than tenfold, and local officials fear that if they continue to rise, local governments will most likely be forced to suspend other public services, such as education or mass transit.
In fact, since 2018, 15 of the 50 U.S. states have been affected by China's refusal to import waste.Waste from these areas is left unattended, piling up in warehouses and parking lots, and in many states recycling companies end up burying it in landfills.Some of the recycled material is being sent to emerging markets in southeast Asia, but the markets in southeast Asia are not able to absorb the large amount of recycled waste in a short period of time.
So a lot of places in the United States have to burn.The kavanta incinerator is one of the largest incinerators in the United States, burning about 3,510 tons of garbage every day.Much of that trash comes in trucks and trains from New York City to north Carolina.However, incineration does not really remove pollution, but reinforces it.
Britain has the same problem as the us.At present, the United Kingdom is experiencing a serious plastic waste accumulation, and they have to incinerate and fill more rubbish.
The Australian government is also allocating a huge amount of money for waste disposal. After China's ban on foreign waste, the cost of disposal in Australia has increased fivefold.Worst of all, many areas of Australia do not even have the ability to separate waste. All they can do is pile up, incinerate and landfill.
Japan is also struggling to cope with the plastic waste that is piling up in the country with nowhere else to go.One kanto President, who works in the waste industry, said that the amount of plastic waste piled up in his recycling yard was up to 5 meters, which has reached a dangerous level beyond the storage standards stipulated by the waste disposal law.
In South Korea, the agricultural town of eicheng, on the Banks of the lodong river, has one of the country's largest garbage mountains, which has reportedly been burning for three months.And if left unchecked, it will take five years for the mountain to burn out.
Even in India, one of the largest garbage mountains in the country is about the size of 40 golf courses and will soon be taller than the taj mahal.Signalling devices are now needed to prevent planes from hitting each other by mistake.