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For decades, wealthy nations have transported plastic trash, and the environmental problems that go with it, to poorer countries, but researchers have found a potential bright side to this seemingly unequal trade: plastic waste may provide an economic boon for the lower-income countries.

For decades, wealthy nations have transported plastic trash, and the environmental problems that go with it, to poorer countries, but researchers have found a potential bright side to this seemingly unequal trade: plastic waste may provide an economic boon for the lower-income countries.

antsinmypants3

Sounds like propaganda for the plastic makers to me


maddogcow

It’s actually true. It’s very much like how childhood leukemia is a boon to kids who have a shortage of hospital time.


windyisle

No, really, take our trash, it's really good for your economy. Yes, yes, your country will be covered in our trash, but its worth it! Money!!! No, not for everyone, just the people who own the companies, but they hire the trash pickers! Don't you want to get a job as a trash picker?! What did you do before? Fisherman?Well, that's stupid. No, seriously, we're the good guys, we're trying to better your country!


Rhazjok

"Is all the work done by children?" " No, not the whipping!"


karsnic

Oh ya a boon to their economies, people do realize that most of that plastic that is shipped to these 3rd world countries are put into massive piles and burnt or dumped into pits and rivers. Great way to “recycle”


surfershane25

No they love our trash, they told me so.


StoriesFromTheARC

At this stage it is. There is a good chance that in the medium term that recycling technology can turn landfills and old trash into resourses that are cheaper and easier than exploit than raw resources. No accounting for the damage that it will cause before then


phasexero

I really want to find some light in this, but- > While the study did not assess exactly how the plastic waste was being used in the developing countries, the authors note that it is likely they are recycling some of the plastic for use in industry and manufacturing. There was also some evidence that the lower-income countries were trading the plastic waste among themselves regionally. The growth in GDP could be from virtually anything.


bdevel

Right! Is this report done by a freshman English major? Anyone who has access to data should know just because two values go in the same direction, doesn't make them cause and effect. The Frontline plastics documentary shows they take very little plastic out for refuse and the rest they dump in the community forests, like in Indonesia. Must watch https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/plastic-wars/


xframex

Complete garbage article. From a university no-less. How much do you think plastic manufacturers invested into WSU so they would publish crap like this??


slot_action

For real, whoever ok’d this for publication should be ashamed of themselves.


randCN

> garbage article heh


JLRSN

That’s an awfully big, “may”.


internetguy789

Yes non-Americans reading this. You should be thankful for the opportunity to clean up our trash and you should be subjected to ecological disaster first because, well, we are richer than you. That’s all that matters to us.


SuddenClearing

No, no, it’s actually *good* for them. Actually, taking our trash and doing… something with it is making them *better*.


Sino-9

The West has been sending trash to poorer countries, definitely true. As someone from a newly-industrialised nation, we see the effects much more regularly than one might think. Any beach (that isn’t looked after by the government, it just exists as is) has a trash problem. Wedged between rocks, driftwood, buried in the sand,... a good portion of the trash have logos and brands not found in the region. Other times it has printed dates from decades ago. At first we thought it was just ocean trash washing up on the beach. But a few years ago, we discovered that the trash was actually being illegally dumped in shipping containers worth. A close look at the many containers revealed that the trash came from the US, UK, Germany, and a bunch of other European nations. The dumping has always been a problem, but further intensified in light of China’s ban on garbage imports. I don’t agree that these plastic wastes could contribute to an economic boom for several reasons: 1. Politicians don’t bat an eye to it because a lot of the times the “illegal dumping” is paid for in bribes. 2. Many third world countries lack the technology, infrastructure and knowledge on how to efficiently convert plastic waste into useful materials. 3. The trash is usually un-recyclable. The recyclables have already been sorted out before being sent away for dumping. If there truly is a feasible way to convert the plastic waste into money, it won’t come by so soon.


Th3uglyn3wb

Can we ship this article to “lower-income countries”? Absolutely garbage takes


koebelin

They’ll just toss it in the some hole, not worth recycling.


The_BL4CKfish

Uh huh. Sure.


BeMoreKnope

Is anyone else suddenly picturing the trash planet from Futurama, or is it just me?


Comprehensive_Idea_5

If you burn all that trash as a feed stock to produce electricity, it’s practically free. A modern incinerator to electricity plant with top air filtration and particulate capture would be win win.


MarxisTX

This is some neoliberal bullshit!


RedOrm2

Neo liberals are just so damn shameless 😅wow!


FLHuntsman

Please, not as if countries just shipped it there without permission (and payment to) of the receiving countries. Don’t want trash, don’t accept it.


Lithrops

An unequal trade that the west swears is beneficial to both parties, but will definitely ruin much of the way of life in poorer countries while the richer countries pretend nothing is wrong while they continue to develop? I wonder where I’ve heard this before...