Why China’s Waste Ban Matters

Published on
August 30th, 2018
27 minutes

Why China’s Waste Ban Matters

The Knock-On Effect ·
Featuring Justine Underhill, Roger Hirst, and Alex Rosenberg

Published on: August 30th, 2018 • Duration: 27 minutes

Why will China's efforts to clean up its image means more water bottles inside shoes, a recycling black market and higher garbage shipping costs? Justine, Roger and Alex discuss. Filmed on August 27, 2018.


  • MB
    Matthias B.
    21 September 2018 @ 07:51
    I was tuning out after the early episodes of this new format because I perceived it just scratching the surface. I was curious about the topic so I watched and I thought it was a big improvement. Next step could be to go a bit deeper on some of these topics.
  • WS
    William S.
    14 September 2018 @ 02:43
    Much better, thumbs up
  • JB
    John B.
    9 September 2018 @ 15:59
    Great piece lots i didn't know. Interesting about plastic in shoes and other clothes. I have been reading a lot about microplastics getting into the water and food supply through simply washing synthetic materials (vs cotton/wool). I believe microplastics are found in +90% of north American tap water already. Maybe a knock on effect will be new health issues in the coming years around this. No one knows how our bodies react to microplastics.
  • ML
    Michael L.
    5 September 2018 @ 05:46
    loving this new format!
  • SJ
    Stefan J.
    4 September 2018 @ 04:54
    Brilliant . thanks
  • PW
    Paul W.
    2 September 2018 @ 05:26
    One of the most interesting parts of this topic is the difference in how internal politics of China and the United States play out on the international stage due to the differences in control of the economy. The issue of which leader has more influence on the global economy is a fascinating one, particularly in the current context of trade conflict. On an entirely separate note, I am quite willing to see global patterns of waste management change in favor of more local handling because I believe that when people are not able to hide the effects of their wastefulness in foreign countries, they will be more willing to adopt reasonable practices around keeping the recyclable stream of materials out of the landfills.
  • dm
    dude m.
    2 September 2018 @ 01:39
    I'm still not sure of the choice of venue. Always interesting topics, particularly this one. But, there seems to be lots of narrative and less substantiated facts. And the "Professor" is just silly. Again, great topics and think the 'knock on' effect is tremendously important, but the venue doesn't appeal to me nor the narrative. In any event, thank you RealVision for trying new things!
  • RB
    Rodrigo B.
    31 August 2018 @ 23:06
    Is there a transcript for this program?
  • PW
    Phil W.
    30 August 2018 @ 21:29
    It's growing on me!!! Well done
  • GS
    George S.
    30 August 2018 @ 20:44
    This was superb!
  • PU
    Peter U.
    30 August 2018 @ 13:08
    if you lose the headphones, this will get much much better. Content is good, but why the headphones. Trying to be cte, but it is more like stupid silly
    • RP
      Raoul P. | Founder
      30 August 2018 @ 19:17
      its because Roger can only be heard in the studio via headphones to avoid feedback
  • JJ
    Josh J.
    30 August 2018 @ 17:27
    Fascinating and very nicely done!
  • YB
    Yuriy B.
    30 August 2018 @ 13:12
    what is the name of the plastics manufacruring company in Texas mentioned by the economics professor? there seems to be no transcript of this video.
    • JU
      Justine U.
      30 August 2018 @ 13:51
      He mentions Dow Dupont, meanwhile the Houston, TX company I referenced was Chevron Phillips Chemical Co... here's a great article with more information: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-06/china-s-blow-to-recycling-boosts-u-s-s-185-billion-plastic-bet
  • AB
    Alain B.
    30 August 2018 @ 12:22
    Well done, captivating storyline and glad to hear China is taking a stand. I recommend Edward Burtynsky's documentary "Manufactured Landscapes" (somewhat dated) to get a glimpse at the stockpiling of recycling in China.