Big importers of recyclable waste intended to make up for a shortage of raw
materials and bolster their industrial output, China, India, Taiwan, Malaysia
and South Korea are now the big economic players in the international recycling
From electronic waste to scrap paper (used to make product packaging sent to
Europe and the United States, then re-imported to be treated again), the
factories in the Asian recycling dynamos treat all types of materials.
But with over 60 million tonnes of waste imported and recycled every year
(over 27 million tonnes of which is scrap paper/cardboard), China is still the
heavyweight in this sector. However, it does not achieve the best recovery rate
when it comes to its own waste, lagging behind South Korea (60%).