Interpol finds ‘alarming’ increase in plastic waste crime

The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has warned of an “alarming increase” in the “illegal plastic pollution trade” since China put in place curbs on waste imports in 2018, with a growing amount of illegal waste directed to south-east Asia and central and eastern Europe.

by Claudia Delpero
Malaysia: last May authorities began the process of returning almost 4,000 tonnes of plastic waste to 13 countries (Photo by Adli Ghazali/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Malaysia: last May authorities began the process of returning almost 4,000 tonnes of plastic waste to 13 countries (Photo by Adli Ghazali/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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