Where should the rubbish go?
A reporter from PCNE, a Chinese television company, is talking to a
spokesman for a UK chain supermarket, Sainsbury's. This part of the talk is
regarding the waste recycling.
S: We would love to see the recycling being done here. We looked for other recyclers in Britain but no one could match the Chinese option in quantity or price. As a matter of fact, it is cheaper to send a container to China than to Scotland. º
S: I don't think the public knows where some of the waste goes. If they knew it was going round the world, they might not encourage it. º
S: Well, China is drawing in materials from all over the world. But the trade is being driven equally by tough EU legislation forcing businesses to recycle more. Then the trade is made possible by the vast numbers of shipping containers arriving in Britain with Chinese exports.º
S: Some people say that environmental cost is negligible compared with making virgin plastic bottles from oil. But I think the solution is to expand the UK's own recycling industry. This would be good for the environment, create local jobs, and help Britain become a leader in green technology. º