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World paper, plastic and textile waste trading, 2012-2016

Source: UN Comtrade, https://comtrade.un.org

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This map shows the flows of waste materials registered as international trade. This means that there is no record of local or regional waste disposal, or of what takes place within countries; trafficking and illegal dumping also go unrecorded. Apart from the substantial movement of waste between European countries, the main producers of waste (North America, Europe and, to a lesser extent, Asia) send the large majority of their waste to China and Hong Kong.

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