How Much is Western Garbage Contributing to China’s Pollution?

How Much is Western Garbage Contributing to China’s Pollution?
Sean Leow
  • 7 august 2008

It’s no secret that China is home to some of the worst air quality and biggest rubbish heaps in the world, but is China the only one to blame? An article in UK’s The Sun recently reported the vast amounts of British waste found in Chinese garbage dumps – plastic Tesco bags, UK cigarette lighters and plastic bottles, among other trash. In fact, roughly 3 million tons of UK rubbish end up in China- because it’s cheaper to dump waste there than in British landfill sites. Cargo costs back to China are minuscule since they return in near empty container ships. China Greenpeace Spokesman explains:

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