I generally operate under the notion that if I didn’t know something, then most likely you didn’t know it either. In this spirit, earlier today I learned that the United States has been paying or rewarding the country/Government of India to be a dumping ground of sorts, specifically for plastic waste products produced domestically here in the United States. Essentially, in return for importing our un-recyclable plastic waste products, India has been given zero tariffs on $5.6 billion dollars worth of imports into the United States each year.
What’s particularly interesting however is that India only started taking in so much of our trash last year after the Government of China first banned the import of US waste products in July 2017, in direct retaliation for Donald Trumps decision to impose new tariffs on the country. With that established, the news of the day is that, effective March 1st 2019, India has decided to make ratification’s to the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act of 1974 and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act of 1981, banning waste imports from the United States and other countries like them throughout the future. Wouldn’t you then know it? As fate would have it, within a weeks time of India’s announcement, Donald Trump officially ordered the US Trade Representative’s Office to drop India from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), establishing a new set of tariffs on all of India’s imports here in the United States.
Read More About US Recyclable Exports Here: https://www.joc.com/maritime-news/us-recyclable-exporters-hit-new-markets-after-china-ban_20180223.html
As for why India arrived at this decision, it wasn’t to wage any sort of “Trade War” with the United States as Donald Trump is now turning it into, rather, it was part of new long term mission undertaken by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to clean up the country and reduce pollution around India’s southern most territories. Essentially, India no longer wants the burden of being the worlds dumping grounds – especially considering that fact that the country lacks the ability to handle its own domestic waste problems. According to reports, India’s ultimate goal is to phase out 100% of all single-use plastic products by the year 2022. This months banning of US waste imports was just one step in that direction.
Taking India’s commitment to fight against plastic pollution further, India bans import of solid plastic waste/scrap into the country.
— MoEF&CC (@moefcc) March 6, 2019
Copy of India’s New Directive:Press Information Bureau Plastic Waste