China’s recycling ban has sent America’s plastic to Malaysia. Now they don’t want it — so what next? – CNN

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Seremban, Malaysia (CNN)Dozens of laborers and factory operators sit hand-cuffed in rows on the pavement at an industrial park in Malaysia.

Sources of plastic waste imports into China in 2016 and cumulative plastic waste export tonnage (in million MT) in 1988--2016. <a href="https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/advances/4/6/eaat0131/F2.large.jpg" target="blank">Expand the map</a>Sources of plastic waste imports into China in 2016 and cumulative plastic waste export tonnage (in million MT) in 1988--2016. <a href="https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/advances/4/6/eaat0131/F2.large.jpg" target="blank">Expand the map</a>
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    A pile of plastic that cannot be recycled has accumulated in a Malaysian town.A pile of plastic that cannot be recycled has accumulated in a Malaysian town.
    Trash found at an abandoned plastic recycling plant in Malaysia.Trash found at an abandoned plastic recycling plant in Malaysia.
    Plastic flakes are produced from recycled material. These flakes will be turned into pellets.Plastic flakes are produced from recycled material. These flakes will be turned into pellets.

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