Illegal Trafficking of Plastic Waste: The Italy–Malaysia Connection

Author
Elisa Murgese
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
Istituto Affari Internazionali
Abstract
China’s 2018 import ban on mixed “recyclable” plastic waste revealed deep-rooted problems in the global recycling system and uncovered the wasteful and harmful nature of the recycling trade. Repercussions have been global. In April 2019, Greenpeace East Asia took a closer look at the top plastic waste importers and exporters globally. This data details the 21 top exporters and 21 top importers of plastic waste from January 2016 to November 2018, measuring the breadth of the plastics crisis and the global industry’s response to import bans. Two core trends emerged from China’s ban and the Greenpeace analysis.
Topic
Crime, Environment, Trafficking , Waste
Political Geography
Europe, Malaysia, Asia, Italy