Link of the Day 021109: The effect of global slowdown on recycling [Salon HTWW]

From Salon’s How the World Works “Rich man, poor man, recycling man“:

As the global economy has cratered, and prices for a vast array of commodities have suddenly gone from boom to bust, so too has the global market for recycled paper and plastic retreated with astonishing haste. This is in large part due to China’s drastically diminished appetite for waste materials that can be reprocessed into packaging materials for its massive export machine. A collapse in exports translates into reduced demand for packaging which suddenly means no more hunger for shredded water bottles.

Definitely clip through to the link that Andrew mentions in his piece. The Two Cultures, Recycling Edition

1000’s of Abandoned Glass Bottles in China, Any Ideas?

Duration: 1min 31sec