Total US plastic exports

Monthly averages, in kilograms

Jan-Jun

2017

Jul-Dec

2017

Jan-Jun

2018

Jul-Dec

2018

Jan-Mar

2019

China

60M KG

China cuts its imports

Hong Kong

Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia see big increases in the amount of US plastic being shipped to their ports.

40M KG

Facing devastating environmental consequences, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam tightly restrict imports of plastic waste.

20M KG

Malay.

Thail.

Viet.

Indo.

0

Turk.

Though in much smaller amounts, US exports are now reaching small developing countries with little ability to deal with their own plastic waste

Jan-Jun

2017

Jul-Dec

2017

Jan-Jun

2018

Jul-Dec

2018

Jan-Mar

2019

After China closes its doors, the amount of plastic recycling Turkey takes in soars

2M KG

Shipments begin making their way to countries which had previously handled virtually no US plastic

1M KG

Senegal

Turkey

Ecua.

Camb.

Phil.

Bang.

0

Gha.

Guardian graphic. Source: US Census Bureau

Total US plastic exports

Monthly averages, in kilograms

Jan-Jun

2017

Jul-Dec

2017

Jan-Jun

2018

Jul-Dec

2018

Jan-Mar

2019

Though in much smaller amounts, US exports are now reaching small developing countries with little ability to deal with their own plastic waste

China

60M KG

China cuts its imports

Jan-Jun

2017

Jul-Dec

2017

Jan-Jun

2018

Jul-Dec

2018

Jan-Mar

2019

After China closes its doors, the amount of plastic recycling Turkey takes in soars

Hong Kong

Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia see big increases in the amount of US plastic being shipped to their ports.

40M KG

2M KG

Shipments begin making their way to countries which had previously handled virtually no US plastic

Facing devastating environmental consequences, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam tightly restrict imports of plastic waste.

20M KG

1M KG

Senegal

Turkey

Malay.

Thail.

0

Ecua.

Camb.

Phil.

Viet.

Bang.

Indo.

Gha.

0

Turk.

Guardian graphic. Source: US Census Bureau