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plastic bottles on ground Photograph: Ratmaner/123RF
China has banned plastic waste imports. Photograph: Ratmaner/123RF

Lower-grade plastics ‘piling up’ at recycling plants

Recyclable materials, previously exported to China, are threatening to overwhelm local councils after the Chinese government imposed a ban on plastic imports starting from 1 January.

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