In this punchy article, Xiao Qinpeng – writing for tech media platform Ifanr.com – asks uncomfortable questions about global waste management and globalization. Xiao points out obvious issues of pollution and the risk to public health that arise when one country imports another’s waste. Quoting the documentary Plastic Kingdom by director Wang Jiuliang, he also points to the waste management industry as a reflection of systematic layers of exploitation inherent in globalization. Researchers are developing trash-sorting robots, but until they are ready to take over, other countries will take China’s place and thus pollute and poison their own land and people. getAbstract recommends this story to anyone curious about how trash travels around the world.
In this summary, you will learn
- How waste management had become a sizable business in China,
- How this has been convenient for nations such as the United States and Japan,
- How waste management has affected Chinese workers and
- Why the problem of waste management needs a global solution.
About the Author
Xiao Qinpeng has a regular column on lifestyle and tech at Ifanr.com, a multimedia site for the latest international and domestic reports on tech.