How China is Reshaping Recycling Worldwide

Sep 24, 2018

Crushed and packaged recyclables await transport to a processing facility.
Credit Keesler Air Force Base

Recycling is a practice that helps the environment, but it’s also a business.  That business has become more complicated in recent months, especially for residents of Hawaii.


All this week The Conversation taking a closer look at several issues involving recycling. We start with a look at a major event that has changed the nature of recycling everywhere, including here in Hawaii.

This part of the story starts in China, which earlier this year stopped accepting exports of trash. The impact has been felt around the world.