November 9

Report: Low-Income Countries Paying the Price for End-Of-Life Plastic Imports, WWF Cautions

Low- and middle-income countries are estimated to spend around $150 in total lifetime costs for a kilogram, or 2.2 lbs, of plastic; this is eight times the $19 spent per kilogram in high-income countries, the report states. Low-income countries can even face costs of $200 per kilogram.

To name one example of cost imbalance, Kenya – the host country for the third round of negotiations for a UN Global Plastics Treaty – banned single-use plastic bags in 2017, yet is still dealing with illegal imports of such waste from other countries.

Source: Packaging Europe (link opens in a new window)

recycling, waste