Nearly half of plastic waste exported from the US for recycling was shipped to Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam in the first six months of 2018 after China banned foreign waste imports

China

Hong Kong

Malaysia

Vietnam

Thailand

Million tonnes

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100

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500

US exports to China dropped by 92% while those to

Hong Kong dropped by 77%

2018

US exports of plastic waste to Thailand shot up by almost 2000% this year to 91,505 metric tonnes compared with 2017

2017

The US was among the biggest exporters of scrap plastic to China

2016

2015

2014

2013

China

Hong Kong

Malaysia

Vietnam

Thailand

The US was among the biggest exporters of scrap plastic

to China

500m tonnes

400

US exports to China dropped by 92% while those to

Hong Kong dropped by 77%

300

200

US exports of plastic waste to Thailand shot up by almost 2000% this year to 91,505 metric tonnes compared with 2017

100

0

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018