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China becoming world's waste yard, Xinhua laments

China becoming world's waste yard, Xinhua laments

Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) China is becoming "the world's waste yard" as it imports and processes an increasing amount of waste from abroad, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. Coastal provinces have become home to a massive amount of plastic waste from the United States and medical waste from the United Kingdom, the report said, citing U.S. International Trade Commission figures that put China's imports of U.S. waste at US$11.54 billion in 2011, well above the US$740 million in 2000. Between 1990 and 2013, China's imports of plastic waste have increased 125 fold, while imports of iron waste increased by a factor of 50 and imports of paper waste grew 21 times, Xinhua said, citing a report by the Shanghai Securities News. "Saying China has, or will, become the world's dump is not alarmist" as increasing waste imports have contributed to the deterioration of the environment and even threaten human health, the report said. Although some local governments and individuals have benefited from the practice, and it has also helped somewhat with a lack of raw materials, the damage to the environment and public health cannot be given a monetary value, the report said. "No matter how poor we are, we should never try to make money by processing foreign waste; no matter how difficult a situation we are in, we should never see foreign trash as our treasure and turn beautiful China into a world dump," it said. The report suggested authorities in China take strong measures to ban imports of garbage from abroad. (By Bear Lee)


Updated : 2021-09-28 03:31 GMT+08:00