Why China’s Waste Ban Matters

Featuring Justine Underhill, Roger Hirst, and Alex Rosenberg

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.

Published on
30 August, 2018
China, US Economy, Globalization
27 minutes
Asset class


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    Matthias B.

    21 9 2018 07:51

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    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.

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    Bill S.

    14 9 2018 02:43

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    Much better, thumbs up

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    Michael B.

    9 9 2018 15:59

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    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.

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    Michael L.

    5 9 2018 05:46

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    loving this new format!

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    Stefan J.

    4 9 2018 04:54

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    Brilliant . thanks

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    Paul W.

    2 9 2018 05:26

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    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.

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    yon d.

    2 9 2018 01:39

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    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!

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    Rodrigo B.

    31 8 2018 23:06

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    Is there a transcript for this program?

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    Phil W.

    30 8 2018 21:29

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    It's growing on me!!! Well done

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    George S.

    30 8 2018 20:44

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    This was superb!

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    Namit J.

    30 8 2018 17:27

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    Fascinating and very nicely done!

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    Yuriy B.

    30 8 2018 13:12

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    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.

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    Peter U.

    30 8 2018 13:08

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    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

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    Alain B.

    30 8 2018 12:22

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    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.