India to Start Banning Imports of Plastic Waste

March 12, 2019, 1:49 PM

India will close the door to all foreign plastic waste starting this month, joining China in no longer accepting such garbage from richer countries.

Despite struggling to dispose of bottles, single-use packaging, and other plastic scraps discarded by its own citizens, India also is one of the world’s top 10 plastic importers, trading mostly with China, Japan, Korea, and the U.S.

After China, the world’s biggest plastic buyer, stopped accepting foreign waste, many feared India and other developing countries would end up carrying the burden.

India banned plastic imports in 2016, but left the door open to foreign exporters doing ...

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