International Trade in Recyclable and Hazardous Waste in Asia

International Trade in Recyclable and Hazardous Waste in Asia

Edited by Michikazu Kojima and Etsuyo Michida

Little is known about the volume of international recycling in Asia, the problems caused and the struggle to properly manage the trade. This pathbreaking book addresses this gap in the literature, and provides a comprehensive overview of the international trade flow of recyclable waste in Asia and related issues.

Chapter 2: International trade of recyclables and policies to support their sustainable use in Asia

Etsuyo Michida

Subjects: asian studies, asian economics, asian environment, economics and finance, asian economics, environmental economics, international economics, environment, asian environment, environmental economics


The international trade of recyclables has surged in the Asian region. Recyclable resources such as metal scraps, waste paper, and waste plastics, which were underutilized in the countries of generation, are now being placed into the goods production cycle, being processed and recycled, as important resources in other countries. Given that trade in recyclable resources has increased in recent decades, the cross-border utilization of these resources has become an important issue and is expected to become even more important in the future considering the constraints on the supply of natural resources. It is in our interests then to examine the situation and characteristics of the trade of recyclables in Asia and to learn the drivers of the trade. The increase in the trade flow of recyclables and in the utilization of the recyclable resources across borders has not been achieved without side effects: imported recyclables and the illegal import of hazardous waste to developing countries have caused environmental problems in some cases.

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