Trends and Issues in the Plastic Cycle in China with Special Emphasis on Trade and Recycling
Demand for plastic products in China is increasing rapidly. Yet China has neither the productive capacity to keep pace with demand, nor the management systems to deal adequately with the increasing burden of plastic waste. These problems highlights the potential role for recycling in meeting demand and reducing waste. This paper provides an overview of the main trends and issues in the plastic cycle in China, with an emphasis on recycling.