China’s scrap plastic ban saddles neighbors with piles of problems

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Thailand and Vietnam struggle with redirected waste but is there a silver lining?

  • NIKKI SUN and APORNRATH PHOONPHONGPHIPHAT, Nikkei staff writers
  • Nikkei Asian Review

HONG KONG/BANGKOK — The world is awash with scrap plastic, six months after No. 1 importer China closed its doors to the recyclable materials on environmental grounds.

Monem 1aThe ripple effects are hitting the shores of Southeast Asia’s emerging countries, which have seen a surge in plastic shipments — not all of them legal.

“Thai people are angry that Thailand is becoming a…

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