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Philip S. Wenz: Collusion, or confusion? China disrupts global recycling

“ … even paranoiacs do not project arbitrarily, but rather by exaggerating minute objective signs.” — Sigmund Freud

Since I can’t turn on today’s news without hearing about “collusion,” I’ve decided to be on the lookout for it. And while doing some research on China’s recent ban on imported recycled materials, I might have stumbled across a vaporous pile of it, if not a smoking gun.

China, the world’s leading manufacturer of consumer goods, and also the world’s largest consumer of raw materials, including recyclables. Because it is generally cheaper to manufacture with recycled materials, China, in 2016, consumed half the world’s used plastic, which it re-purposed to produce a significant proportion of its plastic goods…

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