Plastic MountainTags: #environment #education #earth day #nature #climate #plastic
In 2017 China banned the import of foreign plastic waste. With nowhere to go, the bulk of the plastic waste - most of it from the UK, the USA and Japan - ended up in Malaysia, which is now one of the world's biggest plastic importers, taking in rubbish the rest of the world doesn't want. Many illegal recycling plants have cropped up in Malaysia, disposing of plastic waste by burying it or more commonly, burning it. The air is filled with carcinogenic toxic fumes, slowly poisoning the local population, causing respiratory problems in the short term, and more serious problems such as cancer in the longer term. A large amount of the plastic waste ends up in rivers and streams, and ultimately finds its way into the ocean, causing severe pollution and endangering marine life, with catastrophic effects on the environment.