7 reasons why the UK is heading into a waste plastics crisis

The UK is headed for a plastics recycling crisis, which has its origins in China’s decision to ban imports of plastics more than two years ago. ENDS looks at how the problems are unfolding.

by Conor McGlone
Last year, 691,993 tonnes of plastic packaging waste were exported, 42,431t more than in 2018, according to Environment Agency (EA). Photograph: Laura Lezza/Getty Images
Last year, 691,993 tonnes of plastic packaging waste were exported, 42,431t more than in 2018, according to Environment Agency (EA). Photograph: Laura Lezza/Getty Images

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