China is the world’s largest importer of illicit electronic waste, receiving an estimated 8.8 million tons of the stuff each year despite having had bans on its importation in place since 2000. Recently, officials successfully seized over 79,000 tons of old computers, cell phones, and other electronics from 3 gangs—the largest single amount ever discovered in the country.
But illegal electronic scrap isn’t the only waste industry that thrives in China. The country is the number one importer of general refuse from paper to plastic, and many waste recycling companies, including many in the Unites States, rely on China’s acceptance of their garbage.
E-waste is not all trash, though, as a large percentage of it can be processed and recycled for a profit—East Asia’s black market e-waste industry is estimated to be worth as much as $3.75 billion.
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