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A mound of garbage at a landfill in Delhi Photo: Saumya Khandelwal for The New York Times
The 186 nations who are a party to the United Nation’s Basel Convention on solid waste concluded a historic agreement late Friday that will require countries to monitor and control the movement of plastic waste between national borders in order to deal with the world’s plastic crisis. Unfortunately, the United States was not involved in the negotiations or the final agreement because it is one of just two countries that has not ratified the Basel Convention.
Until 2018, the U.S. had sent its plastic waste to various countries such as China and Malaysia, but now those countries reject U.S. used plastic exports because they had no way to recycle the huge amounts of plastic flooding through their borders.
Other countries that were initially willing to take the U.S.’s trash — like Thailand, Vietnam, and India — now are also taking steps to restrict the import of foreign plastic waste.
As a result, there is a huge amount of trash backing up in the U.S., which has left full shipping containers abandoned in U.S. ports with nowhere to go and trash piling up outside major cities or being trucked to landfills that are quickly filling.
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