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Episode Info: Produced by Camille Duran / Published by Eleen Murphy / Senior Editors Eleen Murphy & Camille Duran / Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space. Intro Resources China doesn’t want our plastic waste anymore. This sent a shockwave throughout the plastic recycling industry and left all of us wondering: where do we go from here? Will new markets open up, or will we (finally) have to deal with our own problems at home? Will the EU Plastic Strategy save us? In this episode, we discuss the current thinking and upcoming trends on this issue. It’s challenging. We also debrief on the recent live Talk Show in Brussels about European plastics, global markets & China, and set the stage for our next episode where we dive even deeper. • Our Live Talk Show A new dawn – can the EU adapt to global plastic recycling realities? | Website | • EurActiv China is no longer the EU’s plastic dumping ground: What’s next? | Article | Back to series page Next episode Transcript from the Episode Eleen Murphy [EM]: Are we in China yet? Camille Duran [CD]: Hong Kong actually. EM: Ah okay. Maybe we should remind our listeners how we got here, while the crew throws the anchor? CD: Sure. In episode four and five of this series about ocean plastic, we reviewed what happens to post-consumer plastic, after you put it into the recycling bin. EM: We did some GPS tracking internationally to follow shipments and better understand where – and in what conditions – plastic scraps are taken care of. CD: Not sure you want to know really, but if you do, take it from episode four. EM: We clarified a fundamental idea: The plastic that’s in the ocean comes from the western world too. CD: even if much of it gets into the ocean from just a few asian countries. EM: Yes, a lot of the plastic disposed of in those countries is plastic that we in the west exported there in the first place. CD: Basically the whole plastic scraps market is… EM: A race to the bottom. CD: A race to the bottom. EM: And we left it at? CD: Waking the dragon. EM: Right, it’s getting hot. CD: Is it really? EM: Well if I understand correctly what you told us, China, which imports more than 60% of the...
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