Taiwan EPA denies tenfold increase in plastic waste imports from U.K.

Imported trashed used in recycling: EPA

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/06/23
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said

Plastic waste imports from the UK rose 2.46 times, the EPA says (image from Pixabay).

Saturday that imports of plastic waste from Great Britain recently rose by less than 2.5 times instead of the tenfold rise reported by the media.

As China cracked down on the import of waste from mostly western countries, the flow was redirected toward other destinations, including Taiwan and Southeast Asia, recent reports said.

However, the EPA said that in the period from January to May, Great Britain exported 14,700 tons of plastic trash to Taiwan, compared to 6,000 tons during the same period last year, an increase by a factor of 2.46, and not a tenfold rise.

According to the EPA, the original report in the Financial Times of London had compared the highest monthly import level for this year with the lowest from last year instead of comparing two similar periods, the Central News Agency reported.

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