How China Broke the World's Recycling

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References:
[1] docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/G/TBTN17/CHN1211.pdf&Open=True
[2] docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Browse/FE_B_009.aspx?TopLevel=8318#/
[3] www.dakotavalleyrecycling.org/other-residential-recycling/330-how-a-materials-recovery-facilities-works
[4] www.npr.org/2020/09/11/897692090/how-big-oil-misled-the-public-into-believing-plastic-would-be-recycled
[5] www.bottledwater.org/rpet-facts
[6] www.ft.com/content/360e2524-d71a-11e8-a854-33d6f82e62f8
[7] www.businessinsider.com/plastic-eating-super-enzyme-recycles-plastic-bottles-2020-10;
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Cheston Kordys
Cheston Kordys Prieš 3 val
The scattered trip initially scream because monday astonishingly grate around a redundant deficit. venomous, awake government
David Garcia
David Garcia Prieš 4 val
I love just how little ads he uses in his vids, he's like LTlost's most honest man, takes his vid sponsors on and forgets about the ad sense, got bless you ! o7
Kris Marks
Kris Marks Prieš 7 val
What's broken is defining something's value by how much money it makes.
Mark Brown
Mark Brown Prieš 11 val
Thanks for showing what a load of BS we hear about recycling from our politicians, on China....can't blame em, why should they have to deal with all our plastic Cr*p!
James G
James G Prieš 14 val
Gee it's almost like you might want to, you know, regulate your petroleum products industry - standardize your plastics to something that is recyclable. But oh wait, the free market will sort it out, I'm sure.
lenyliu
lenyliu Prieš 16 val
What a stupid video only US will believe this
Peter Wang
Peter Wang Prieš 23 val
If you designate USA to take a he trash from the whole world how long will the system work.china had done the world a favor for thirty years, now some other country can try to do the dirty work.
Samuel Sungstabtu
Samuel Sungstabtu Prieš dieną
Any info about cracking?
J Z
J Z Prieš dieną
Perfect that China is not going to collect or recycle the bullshits like this media.
Gerard Ligonde
Gerard Ligonde Prieš dieną
The wholesale fall densply zip because frog visually surprise lest a selfish scraper. acidic, dry religion
wai hin ho
wai hin ho Prieš dieną
wow...... this is also china's fault??????? the title is so biased
凌正
凌正 Prieš 2 dienas
支持政府不收外来垃圾
Sing Komei
Sing Komei Prieš 2 dienas
This title is misleading. The fact is that China had been helping recycling a lot. What she does is just stopping harming herself
Yi Luo
Yi Luo Prieš 2 dienas
WOW you called dumping all rubbish in China is "recycling"? China has not technology to really recycle things, what it knows is just landfill and thus a lot of places get polluted. Xi Jinping just want to do something to please Chinese people and hope them stop question about his dictatorship. The world's recycling wasn't there from very beginning.
C T H U L H U
C T H U L H U Prieš 2 dienas
Soooo... China doesn't want to deal with FOREIGN trash, causing the USA to not recycle at all... Means CHINA broke the system? Yeah nice bias there dude.
Tianhong Song
Tianhong Song Prieš 2 dienas
Why it's so annoying that China won't take your junk?
monil desai
monil desai Prieš 2 dienas
Its funny that you say the world's recycling! It just broke the recycling of a greedy country which consumes the world's most plastic and does not want to deal with the trash it created.
zigzagtoes
zigzagtoes Prieš 2 dienas
Solution is surely to put a huge tax on virgin disposable plastics (eg bottled water/juice), to make it far more expensive than recycled plastic.
Kalle Saarinen
Kalle Saarinen Prieš 2 dienas
the worlds recycling isnt just usa
John Dilig
John Dilig Prieš 3 dienas
Whoever is to blame, how do we resolve the issue now? Do we replace plastic with a proper alternative? What would that be? Do we dedicate resources/money to reprocess plastic wastes so it's economical for the market, at the cost of taxpayer money? How would the economics work, or won't work, for that? Do we ban all negative-value plastics? How would we replace them, since we'll be displacing millions of people from their work, and vastly reduce the income generated from losing a huge industry market?
Essie Garcia
Essie Garcia Prieš 3 dienas
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quartytypo
quartytypo Prieš 3 dienas
Chinese recycling: Throw it out the window from a moving vehicle.
lai chuon kui
lai chuon kui Prieš 4 dienas
The West like US always send the shit to other countries because they can't stand smelling the stink produced from that shit.
SJ R
SJ R Prieš 4 dienas
ccp broke all basic rules, not china, it's ccp
Duck Empire
Duck Empire Prieš 4 dienas
Is this guy half as interesting 's Twin or something
Anthony Guillen
Anthony Guillen Prieš 5 dienų
Simple solution: Place a tax on New PET. Recycled PET will then be economically incentivized.
Clarity
Clarity Prieš 5 dienų
So this is basically China saying "we don't want your shit anymore". China didn't break the recycling industry. It *saved* it for a few decades before it decided to not save it anymore.
Master
Master Prieš 5 dienų
2-3 years ago a German oil company made a Catholics that maded turning plastic into crude oil
Gregorianeg
Gregorianeg Prieš 5 dienų
Well, humans are dumb and think only about instant profits.... no worries about long time consequences
Congressional Research Institute 2
Congressional Research Institute 2 Prieš 5 dienų
Best vid yet on recycling in general.
mrrainingforce
mrrainingforce Prieš 6 dienų
we REALLY REALLY should avoid plastic. How about we charge $100 for each use of plastic?
Roost3r OSRS
Roost3r OSRS Prieš 6 dienų
Glass
Daniel Allen
Daniel Allen Prieš 6 dienų
Sadly racist title. You even say in this video that the system was basically born broken, yet the clickbait title blames China... Oh wow, and I just saw that you're pushing kickback links and your own merchandise from this.
Color Light
Color Light Prieš 6 dienų
Use humaan life is being recycle or thrown away
Ryan Hannigan
Ryan Hannigan Prieš 7 dienų
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bbhbh BH
bbhbh BH Prieš 7 dienų
How others shit on the world
Allan Torng
Allan Torng Prieš 7 dienų
What a crass and awful title... it is like putting the blame on the 'broken' recycling program on China, which is utter BS! North America (affluent Canada and USA) has become the ultimate bottemless consumer market for packaged and bottled goods and products, and ships their crap to Asian countries and calls that their great and wonderful "Recycling Program". LOL
巴蒂斯图海C
巴蒂斯图海C Prieš 7 dienų
自己的垃圾自己处理,才是正道!!
Funny World
Funny World Prieš 8 dienų
Omg, the media taking double standard on the table now? Nice...
Bri-guy Nix
Bri-guy Nix Prieš 8 dienų
The "many" US states that have a deposit on plastic containers only account for 10 of our 50 states. I think this better qualifies as a few.
Cesare Fildani
Cesare Fildani Prieš 9 dienų
The true cause of climate change; money.
Brook DesHarnais
Brook DesHarnais Prieš 9 dienų
"The only way is to shut the entire system down." (18:00) Now you know why eugenics heroes like Bill Gates dominate the world: The religion of evolution is survival of the fittest, but the child-sacrificing satan worshipers not only know who they worship, they also know that atheists worship the same God as them unwittingly, and its easy to kill even children when you worship darkness as your greatest hope.
nightshift customs
nightshift customs Prieš 9 dienų
back to glass!!!
Alice L
Alice L Prieš 9 dienų
You mean how China stopped taking everyone else’s shit
Sangria Biscus
Sangria Biscus Prieš 9 dienų
USA garbage problem shipped overseas to be someone else's garbage problem.
Goblin Grove
Goblin Grove Prieš 9 dienų
wendover with the based SHUT IT DOWN ending there
Anthony Phung
Anthony Phung Prieš 9 dienų
The pleasant twilight intradurally pick because religion significantly hug athwart a careful hyena. hungry, bad pvc
Razmi Ihsan
Razmi Ihsan Prieš 10 dienų
The title is very stupid
Gregory Wilson
Gregory Wilson Prieš 10 dienų
Thumb up China. Globalists are mad.
berlineczka
berlineczka Prieš 11 dienų
Another alternative would be state regulation - to simply ban the lower quality plastic. If that youghurt was in high density polyethelane plastic cup (the same of which shampoo bottles are made), it would be profitable to recycle it. Also, it would be easier to sort plastics, if only two or three types were allowed to be used as packages in retail. Sure, that youghurt would probobly cost a few cents more, but that's payable in developed countries.
Xion Kale
Xion Kale Prieš 11 dienų
why not make a Plastic Tax ? Plastic Producers will pay high Tax and Plastic recyclers will get Tax cuts
Jhonathan Cabrera
Jhonathan Cabrera Prieš 11 dienų
We need to find a solution to plastic.
Cao Milo
Cao Milo Prieš 11 dienų
Western countries export their garbage to other less developed countries to keep a "environment-friendly" image. These are also the countries which required developing countries to take measures to reduce emissions and protect environment. Now it's time to take care of your own trashes and show the world how to protect your own environment instead of transferring the responsibility to others.
Ted Van Duzen
Ted Van Duzen Prieš 11 dienų
see, I still have my hotmail account from middle school so people know im legit
patrick Walsh
patrick Walsh Prieš 11 dienų
I refuse to flush the toilet as I want to save the planet!!!
Paladin Donnie
Paladin Donnie Prieš 11 dienų
we should force them to take it - part of the payment for spreading the wuhan virus and stealing our jobs!!!
Alex Yao
Alex Yao Prieš 12 dienų
Anyway, i will say no to plastic products as much as I can, since as humans ,we are not smart enough to figure out a solution yet.
calaphos
calaphos Prieš 12 dienų
Pricing in the external costs? Not letting companies profit by dumping their waste for others to clean up? Healthcare for low income workers payed by the government? What is this, communism?
FIGHTTHECABLE
FIGHTTHECABLE Prieš 12 dienų
10:43 Holy shit! That Yellow STO bucket is from Switzerland! The STO AG
PETE KGT
PETE KGT Prieš 12 dienų
Now the west dumb the trash in Africa and said China broke the recycling because simply China don't want the trash of the West. Lol
Elise L
Elise L Prieš 13 dienų
Sure we Chinese were born to deal with rich country’s trash cause apparently not all men were born equal.
Luo Ziran
Luo Ziran Prieš 13 dienų
The reason western countries keep saying China is the most polluted country because western shipped all the trash to China.
Luka Potocnik
Luka Potocnik Prieš 13 dienų
what about chemical recycling?
Ex Cangunnut
Ex Cangunnut Prieš 13 dienų
Content is good, the title is designed to attract both pro-China and anti-China viewers along with all the environmentally conscientious people. [slow slap].
Chris Lim
Chris Lim Prieš 13 dienų
一个专门制造战争和屠杀他国人类的美国,投诉华人吃太多动物的概念? 别蠢了,你从地球找资源,地球也会再消化这些资源再自我回收,而人类也是地球自我回收的资源。 美其名地球环保,事实是人类自己受害吧!!
上海贼王
上海贼王 Prieš 13 dienų
Why not call how US broke World's environment.
Eric
Eric Prieš 14 dienų
So plastic is not a viable product to recycle. That sentence tells us that unless this aspect of civilization produces a good profit then it is a failure. Whereas all other businesses that produce a good profit are good. Its not the plastic recycling that is the problem, its the thinking. Some products turn a massive profit, some of that produce can be used to offset the losses of Plastic recycling or the produce contained within the plastic are under sold. Or we just ban plastics
Keyboardman Youtube
Keyboardman Youtube Prieš 14 dienų
A great example why other nations don’t like Americans... why don’t you do a new one with the title : U.S produce trash but China has no right to refuse it.
ahpei88
ahpei88 Prieš 14 dienų
I think we can try to tax heavily the plastic manufacturer company, and then take those money to give incentive to those recycling company.. Perhaps this could help to create a positive cycle..
Roy Lo
Roy Lo Prieš 15 dienų
thumb down for the misleading title chosen. Instead of pointing your finger to others, it is high time America took care your shit.
bes t
bes t Prieš 15 dienų
China broke the entire world with their lies.
summerblue
summerblue Prieš 15 dienų
This f**king channel is shameless!
Jame yang
Jame yang Prieš 15 dienų
so why shipping the trash into china is a reasonable choice for World‘ recycle ?Does china aren't a part of the world? And shouldn't they have the right to protect their environment from garbage of wester ? Disgusting video!
Bryan L
Bryan L Prieš 15 dienų
seriously should put " " on broke and recycling,
Home Phomm
Home Phomm Prieš 15 dienų
I’m Asian but I don’t buy anything Chinese do....their first high speed train China claimed were actually imported to China and later made in cooperation with the Germans Siemens engineering manufacturers...China first plane engines is GE electric and China own parts of it and 75% of the plane parts are imported...
Tony Ding
Tony Ding Prieš 16 dienų
wow. it's hard to understand "Broking". can't you deal with your rabish by yourself? you are not child and we are not your parents.
poi fu xia shuang
poi fu xia shuang Prieš 16 dienų
title atractor
cnccarving
cnccarving Prieš 16 dienų
solutio is clearly when plastic produced, from its profit has to go to recycling if a plastic bottle cap 10 cent then someone has to pay 15 cent then the 5 cent can be recycled to the recyclers and it shouldbe this way from beginnings
ZENITH SKY
ZENITH SKY Prieš 16 dienų
Mind your own garbage, this is what the lazy do to justify their laziness.
Noe F
Noe F Prieš 16 dienų
Mc Donald's and other fast food restaurants use packaging that is sustainable and biodegradable. Only plastic straws, lids, and foam plates aren't good. Foam plates are being used less lately. Remember your burgers were packaged in foam containers. They don't do that in Mc Donald's anymore.
Omega Alpha
Omega Alpha Prieš 16 dienų
When China recycling all the waste. West media: China take economic advantage over us by stealing our recycling work When China refuse to accept all the waste West media: China broke world recycling China: what I should do?
Quitzi Palletino
Quitzi Palletino Prieš 17 dienų
Lots of triggered Chinese people in these comments.
Lin Kan
Lin Kan Prieš 17 dienų
The video should have been titled - The farse of Recicling. Is shipping recyclables to China is recicling? Of course not!
logan zhao
logan zhao Prieš 17 dienų
I was a broker during this time for scrap plastic in America shipping to China. I can tell you guys that I had an excel spreadsheet of 2400 scrapyards/vendors of scrap plastic. In 2018, there was only 400 still in business most of the 400 transitioned to something else. China banned scrap plastic imports had a huge toll on many businesses.
Aniket Tripathi
Aniket Tripathi Prieš 17 dienų
Recycling can't be solutions to anything. We need to limit our consumption. Recycling only changes types of pollution .
Teh Gehguan
Teh Gehguan Prieš 17 dienų
Plastic recycling = send to other countries
我来亲自查阅
我来亲自查阅 Prieš 17 dienų
After years of living in Europe, I realize that the western lifestyle produces more garbage than us in china, they casing every single piece of food with great-looking package.
???
??? Prieš 15 dienų
@Quitzi Palletino You mean the US, hahahaha, does US have the ball to open it's fort detric to investigate ?
Quitzi Palletino
Quitzi Palletino Prieš 17 dienų
China produces deadly viruses though.
DZXAS CDSAV
DZXAS CDSAV Prieš 17 dienų
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DZXAS CDSAV Prieš 17 dienų
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Cool Vid
Cool Vid Prieš 17 dienų
US: How dare you China not cleaning up our trash? It's all your fault!
J Black
J Black Prieš 17 dienų
Go back to glass! Soda Pop used to be sold in glass . Beer is still sold in glass . Glass is clean and recyclable. More expensive, but healthier .
Lei Chen
Lei Chen Prieš 17 dienų
I think this video is quite subjective, the guy isn't blaming China but just stating facts. Thank you for the video.
Frank Lee Madeere
Frank Lee Madeere Prieš 17 dienų
Another economic solution not mentioned is to tax virgin PET (or products using them) to properly cover its externalities. This would make the price of recycled materials relatively more attractive. And before you complain about your cola going up 5 cents, remember that we're already paying that in other ways (e.g. pollution and municipalities).
辛越毅
辛越毅 Prieš 17 dienų
us did complain the beijings air, but when ccp banned the trush import, us also complains 😂
国安部巡查司小李
国安部巡查司小李 Prieš 17 dienų
China, China, China, China, China is blamed for everything?
Eric Liu
Eric Liu Prieš 17 dienų
Hypocrisy at its best. Every country should clean his own garbage, period.
Johnson Chen
Johnson Chen Prieš 17 dienų
Interesting title and , speechless. From this video, the "world"= US, "broke"=blame China. So, are you really making a video for common sense or just want to hook a combat at LTlost? It's quite amazing that you got 283 millions sub and 77 thousands support for this video. Again, speechless title, and , speechless video.
Minecraft Steve Costume The Sexy fighting queen
Minecraft Steve Costume The Sexy fighting queen Prieš 18 dienų
I thought this was a hai video but then I found out it was a wendover video
kevin M
kevin M Prieš 18 dienų
What a misleading title.
Pipi Lu
Pipi Lu Prieš 18 dienų
BBC shall buy this video
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