Thailand’s plastic waste import ban to take effect from 2021

Thailand has said it will stop accepting other countries’ plastic waste by 2021 in a bid to stem the flow of waste that used to be sent to China

People working in landfill in Thailand
A waste site in Thailand

Thailand has said it will stop accepting other countries’ plastic waste by 2021 in a bid to stem the flow of waste that used to be sent to China.

In January, China announced a ban on imports of eight categories of plastic waste including packaging, unsorted mixed paper, 11 types of textile waste and four kinds of metal slag. In April it extended the ban to include 32 more materials, including steel slag, post-industrial plastics, compressed car parts and wood pellets.

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