How Do We Cure Our Plastic Addiction?

We have a problem with plastic. We're making too much of it and not re-using and re-cycling enough of it. Plastic is contaminating our oceans and polluting our world. Until this year China took two thirds of the world's plastic waste, but now it's saying it will no longer be the world's dumping ground. The Chinese ban on low quality plastic has begun to bite with policy makers urgently looking for new solutions. So what happens now? What has the situation done to expose the way our plastics are recycled? And will developments result in a watershed moment where we finally re-evaluate our plastic consumption? Join Carrie Gracie and a panel of experts discuss how we cure our addiction to plastic.

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Sat 7 Apr 2018 11:06 GMT
BBC World Service except Americas and the Caribbean, East and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa


Adina Renee Adler - Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

Jennifer Turner - China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Roger Baynham - The British Plastics Federation.

Graham Thompson - Greenpeace


A man collects plastic from a waste water evacuation canal in the Ebrie Lagoon in Abidjan by Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images

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