India imposes complete ban on solid plastic waste imports (1/5)

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India’s plastic imports had increased from 12,000 tonnes in 2016-17 FY to 48,000 in the 2017-18 FY.

While India has recycles a higher percentage of its plastic waste than most countries, 44% of its plastic waste is still not recycled. 

Though solid plastic waste imports were banned in 2015, the Centre allowed agencies in special economic zones (SEZ) to import them in 2016.