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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

“Garbage imperialism”: why Latin America has become the US’s “new garbage dump” – BBC News Mundo

  • Lioman Lima – @liomanlima
  • BBC News World

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For years, in the world of politics, Latin America has been considered “the US’s backyard,” its “zone of influence.”

Now, environmental groups in the region say it has become something else: their dump.

And it is that since 2018, the export levels of plastic waste from the United States to Latin America have increased considerably, with 2021 being the year in which the largest amount of US garbage was exported to Latin American countries since records are kept.

According to data from Last Beach Cleanup, a California-based environmental organization, as of October last year, the US had sent more than 89.824.167 kilograms of plastic waste to the countries of the area, some of which received even double the amount than in 2020.

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