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Dirty Business

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Genre: Factual
Production Year: 2018
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Broadcaster: Sky Atlantic
Producer: Sky News

Thousands of tons of plastic scrap collected for recycling from western households have been transported and dumped on sites across the world. The statistics on plastics usage are staggering. Every year British households throw 22 million tons of waste into the bin. EU targets demand that we recycle half of that by 2020 but rates are stagnating at just 44%. Cheaper land and labour overseas, in places such as China, means a lot of our plastic is exported to be reprocessed. But the reality is that once it leaves our shores, no one really checks whether it is recycled. This eye-opening documentary lays this truth bare, uncovering shipments of plastic sitting on a yard in Hong Kong, destined for landfill.



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