As a freight and logistics company, FreightExchange keeps an eye on what’s happening in our industry. This story from dw.com caught our attention:
Whose fault is plastic waste in the ocean?
Rich countries with good recycling infrastructure hold Southeast Asia responsible for plastic waste polluting the sea. A fact-check shows that’s not fair.
It’s an instinct we reach for when told we’ve messed up: blame. But when it comes to plastics that sully oceans — killing fish and potentially poisoning food chains — it’s hard to say where we should point fingers.
Richer countries tend to waste more plastic than poorer ones. Germans and Americans throw away more than ten times as much plastic a day as Kenyans and Indians. Europe, North America, Japan, and Australia have shipped so much to Southeast Asia for recycling that, overwhelmed by waste, Malaysia and Vietnam decided this year to ban plastic waste imports. China had already done so in 2018.