Why calls for a plastic waste export ban have divided industry

Calls for a ban on plastic exports from one of the UK’s largest waste firms have both public and political support. But many in the waste sector still believe that exports are necessary, finds Conor McGlone

by Conor McGlone
Two-thirds of plastic waste separated for recycling in the UK was sent abroad for processingin 2018. Photograph: Mint Images/Getty Images
Two-thirds of plastic waste separated for recycling in the UK was sent abroad for processingin 2018. Photograph: Mint Images/Getty Images

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