The developing world also is the destination for much of the trash produced by rich countries. Many Western nations, including the United States, have been shipping recyclable trash overseas to foreign countries since the 1970s. Developing nations use this recyclable garbage as a source of cheap raw materials. For example, as Chinese journalist Tang Hou explains: "China is the world's second largest consumer of plastic; one ton of synthetic resin costs 11,000 yuan (around US $1,420), but a ton of imported plastic can be bought for as little as 4,000 yuan (around US $515). The work of sorting the
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