Have you ever wondered what happens with your plastic after you throw it in the recycle bin? It is believed that plastic is reused to make something new. But is it true? Here is the answer to your question. Taking the example of Nguyễn Thị Hồng Thắm, a 60-year-old Vietnamese mother of seven who lives on the piles of American plastic on the outskirts of Hanoi.
She always has to wake in a lot of garbage which mostly includes plastic waste such as Cheetos bag; aisle markers from a Walmart store; and a plastic bag from ShopRite, which is a big store in New Jersey America. Tham earns almost $6.50 a day and her job is to separate the non-recyclable elements and sort what remains: translucent plastic in one pile, opaque in another.
More than hundreds of thousands of tons of plastic waste is sent to those developing countries who have nothing to lose and one of the reasons for sending such things to the lower developing countries is that the manpower there is cheap and recycling is cheaper which saves a lot of money to the developed countries. According to the data, the US shipped more than 68,000 containers of plastic waste to those underdeveloped countries who don’t even have any arrangement of knowing their own plastic waste.
Countries like America choose countries like Bangladesh, Laos, Ethiopia, and Senegal to ship their waste to because of the less labour rate and fewer rules and regulations regarding the environment. Guardian is going to launch a series named the United States of Plastic in which the viewers will be able to see the plastic waste problem taking over America as well as other nations all around the world. The series will include the updates and articles which will convey stories and the stories will be published for the rest of 2019.
The reason is to aware the people about the rising problem of plastic waste in all over the world. “People don’t know what’s happening to their trash,” said Andrew Spicer, who teaches corporate social responsibility at the University of South Carolina and sits on his state’s recycling advisory board. “They think they’re saving the world. But the international recycling business sees it as a way of making money. There have been no global regulations – just a long, dirty market that allows some companies to take advantage of a world without rules.”