How China Broke the World's Recycling

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Writing by Sam Denby
Research by Sam Denby and Tristan Purdy
Editing by Alexander Williard
Animation by Josh Sherrington
Sound by Graham Haerther
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  1. Cheston Kordys
    Cheston Kordys
    13 uur geleden

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  2. David Garcia
    David Garcia
    15 uur geleden

    I love just how little ads he uses in his vids, he's like NLlike's most honest man, takes his vid sponsors on and forgets about the ad sense, got bless you ! o7

  3. Kris Marks
    Kris Marks
    17 uur geleden

    What's broken is defining something's value by how much money it makes.

  4. Mark Brown
    Mark Brown
    21 uur geleden

    Thanks for showing what a load of BS we hear about recycling from our politicians, on China....can't blame em, why should they have to deal with all our plastic Cr*p!

  5. James G
    James G
    Dag geleden

    Gee it's almost like you might want to, you know, regulate your petroleum products industry - standardize your plastics to something that is recyclable. But oh wait, the free market will sort it out, I'm sure.

  6. lenyliu
    Dag geleden

    What a stupid video only US will believe this

  7. Peter Wang
    Peter Wang
    Dag geleden

    If you designate USA to take a he trash from the whole world how long will the system work.china had done the world a favor for thirty years, now some other country can try to do the dirty work.

  8. Samuel Sungstabtu
    Samuel Sungstabtu
    Dag geleden

    Any info about cracking?

  9. J Z
    J Z
    Dag geleden

    Perfect that China is not going to collect or recycle the bullshits like this media.

  10. Gerard Ligonde
    Gerard Ligonde
    2 dagen geleden

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  11. wai hin ho
    wai hin ho
    2 dagen geleden

    wow...... this is also china's fault??????? the title is so biased

  12. 凌正
    2 dagen geleden


  13. Sing Komei
    Sing Komei
    2 dagen geleden

    This title is misleading. The fact is that China had been helping recycling a lot. What she does is just stopping harming herself

  14. Yi Luo
    Yi Luo
    2 dagen geleden

    WOW you called dumping all rubbish in China is "recycling"? China has not technology to really recycle things, what it knows is just landfill and thus a lot of places get polluted. Xi Jinping just want to do something to please Chinese people and hope them stop question about his dictatorship. The world's recycling wasn't there from very beginning.

  15. C T H U L H U
    C T H U L H U
    2 dagen geleden

    Soooo... China doesn't want to deal with FOREIGN trash, causing the USA to not recycle at all... Means CHINA broke the system? Yeah nice bias there dude.

  16. Tianhong Song
    Tianhong Song
    2 dagen geleden

    Why it's so annoying that China won't take your junk?

  17. monil desai
    monil desai
    3 dagen geleden

    Its funny that you say the world's recycling! It just broke the recycling of a greedy country which consumes the world's most plastic and does not want to deal with the trash it created.

  18. zigzagtoes
    3 dagen geleden

    Solution is surely to put a huge tax on virgin disposable plastics (eg bottled water/juice), to make it far more expensive than recycled plastic.

  19. Kalle Saarinen
    Kalle Saarinen
    3 dagen geleden

    the worlds recycling isnt just usa

  20. John Dilig
    John Dilig
    3 dagen geleden

    Whoever is to blame, how do we resolve the issue now? Do we replace plastic with a proper alternative? What would that be? Do we dedicate resources/money to reprocess plastic wastes so it's economical for the market, at the cost of taxpayer money? How would the economics work, or won't work, for that? Do we ban all negative-value plastics? How would we replace them, since we'll be displacing millions of people from their work, and vastly reduce the income generated from losing a huge industry market?

  21. Essie Garcia
    Essie Garcia
    3 dagen geleden

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  22. quartytypo
    4 dagen geleden

    Chinese recycling: Throw it out the window from a moving vehicle.

  23. lai chuon kui
    lai chuon kui
    4 dagen geleden

    The West like US always send the shit to other countries because they can't stand smelling the stink produced from that shit.

  24. SJ R
    SJ R
    4 dagen geleden

    ccp broke all basic rules, not china, it's ccp

  25. Duck Empire
    Duck Empire
    4 dagen geleden

    Is this guy half as interesting 's Twin or something

  26. Anthony Guillen
    Anthony Guillen
    5 dagen geleden

    Simple solution: Place a tax on New PET. Recycled PET will then be economically incentivized.

  27. Clarity
    5 dagen geleden

    So this is basically China saying "we don't want your shit anymore". China didn't break the recycling industry. It *saved* it for a few decades before it decided to not save it anymore.

  28. Master
    5 dagen geleden

    2-3 years ago a German oil company made a Catholics that maded turning plastic into crude oil

  29. Gregorianeg
    5 dagen geleden

    Well, humans are dumb and think only about instant profits.... no worries about long time consequences

  30. Congressional Research Institute 2
    Congressional Research Institute 2
    6 dagen geleden

    Best vid yet on recycling in general.

  31. mrrainingforce
    6 dagen geleden

    we REALLY REALLY should avoid plastic. How about we charge $100 for each use of plastic?

  32. Roost3r OSRS
    Roost3r OSRS
    7 dagen geleden


  33. Daniel Allen
    Daniel Allen
    7 dagen geleden

    Sadly racist title. You even say in this video that the system was basically born broken, yet the clickbait title blames China... Oh wow, and I just saw that you're pushing kickback links and your own merchandise from this.

  34. Color Light
    Color Light
    7 dagen geleden

    Use humaan life is being recycle or thrown away

  35. Ryan Hannigan
    Ryan Hannigan
    7 dagen geleden

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  36. bbhbh BH
    bbhbh BH
    7 dagen geleden

    How others shit on the world

  37. Allan Torng
    Allan Torng
    8 dagen geleden

    What a crass and awful title... it is like putting the blame on the 'broken' recycling program on China, which is utter BS! North America (affluent Canada and USA) has become the ultimate bottemless consumer market for packaged and bottled goods and products, and ships their crap to Asian countries and calls that their great and wonderful "Recycling Program". LOL

  38. 巴蒂斯图海C
    8 dagen geleden


  39. Funny World
    Funny World
    8 dagen geleden

    Omg, the media taking double standard on the table now? Nice...

  40. Bri-guy Nix
    Bri-guy Nix
    9 dagen geleden

    The "many" US states that have a deposit on plastic containers only account for 10 of our 50 states. I think this better qualifies as a few.

  41. Cesare Fildani
    Cesare Fildani
    9 dagen geleden

    The true cause of climate change; money.

  42. Brook DesHarnais
    Brook DesHarnais
    9 dagen geleden

    "The only way is to shut the entire system down." (18:00) Now you know why eugenics heroes like Bill Gates dominate the world: The religion of evolution is survival of the fittest, but the child-sacrificing satan worshipers not only know who they worship, they also know that atheists worship the same God as them unwittingly, and its easy to kill even children when you worship darkness as your greatest hope.

  43. nightshift customs
    nightshift customs
    9 dagen geleden

    back to glass!!!

  44. Alice L
    Alice L
    9 dagen geleden

    You mean how China stopped taking everyone else’s shit

  45. Sangria Biscus
    Sangria Biscus
    9 dagen geleden

    USA garbage problem shipped overseas to be someone else's garbage problem.

  46. Goblin Grove
    Goblin Grove
    9 dagen geleden

    wendover with the based SHUT IT DOWN ending there

  47. Anthony Phung
    Anthony Phung
    10 dagen geleden

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  48. Razmi Ihsan
    Razmi Ihsan
    10 dagen geleden

    The title is very stupid

  49. Gregory Wilson
    Gregory Wilson
    11 dagen geleden

    Thumb up China. Globalists are mad.

  50. berlineczka
    11 dagen geleden

    Another alternative would be state regulation - to simply ban the lower quality plastic. If that youghurt was in high density polyethelane plastic cup (the same of which shampoo bottles are made), it would be profitable to recycle it. Also, it would be easier to sort plastics, if only two or three types were allowed to be used as packages in retail. Sure, that youghurt would probobly cost a few cents more, but that's payable in developed countries.

  51. Xion Kale
    Xion Kale
    11 dagen geleden

    why not make a Plastic Tax ? Plastic Producers will pay high Tax and Plastic recyclers will get Tax cuts

  52. Jhonathan Cabrera
    Jhonathan Cabrera
    11 dagen geleden

    We need to find a solution to plastic.

  53. Cao Milo
    Cao Milo
    11 dagen geleden

    Western countries export their garbage to other less developed countries to keep a "environment-friendly" image. These are also the countries which required developing countries to take measures to reduce emissions and protect environment. Now it's time to take care of your own trashes and show the world how to protect your own environment instead of transferring the responsibility to others.

  54. Ted Van Duzen
    Ted Van Duzen
    11 dagen geleden

    see, I still have my hotmail account from middle school so people know im legit

  55. patrick Walsh
    patrick Walsh
    11 dagen geleden

    I refuse to flush the toilet as I want to save the planet!!!

  56. Paladin Donnie
    Paladin Donnie
    11 dagen geleden

    we should force them to take it - part of the payment for spreading the wuhan virus and stealing our jobs!!!

  57. Alex Yao
    Alex Yao
    12 dagen geleden

    Anyway, i will say no to plastic products as much as I can, since as humans ,we are not smart enough to figure out a solution yet.

  58. calaphos
    12 dagen geleden

    Pricing in the external costs? Not letting companies profit by dumping their waste for others to clean up? Healthcare for low income workers payed by the government? What is this, communism?

    13 dagen geleden

    10:43 Holy shit! That Yellow STO bucket is from Switzerland! The STO AG

  60. PETE KGT
    13 dagen geleden

    Now the west dumb the trash in Africa and said China broke the recycling because simply China don't want the trash of the West. Lol

  61. Elise L
    Elise L
    13 dagen geleden

    Sure we Chinese were born to deal with rich country’s trash cause apparently not all men were born equal.

  62. Luo Ziran
    Luo Ziran
    13 dagen geleden

    The reason western countries keep saying China is the most polluted country because western shipped all the trash to China.

  63. Luka Potocnik
    Luka Potocnik
    14 dagen geleden

    what about chemical recycling?

  64. Ex Cangunnut
    Ex Cangunnut
    14 dagen geleden

    Content is good, the title is designed to attract both pro-China and anti-China viewers along with all the environmentally conscientious people. [slow slap].

  65. Chris Lim
    Chris Lim
    14 dagen geleden

    一个专门制造战争和屠杀他国人类的美国,投诉华人吃太多动物的概念? 别蠢了,你从地球找资源,地球也会再消化这些资源再自我回收,而人类也是地球自我回收的资源。 美其名地球环保,事实是人类自己受害吧!!

  66. 上海贼王
    14 dagen geleden

    Why not call how US broke World's environment.

  67. Eric
    14 dagen geleden

    So plastic is not a viable product to recycle. That sentence tells us that unless this aspect of civilization produces a good profit then it is a failure. Whereas all other businesses that produce a good profit are good. Its not the plastic recycling that is the problem, its the thinking. Some products turn a massive profit, some of that produce can be used to offset the losses of Plastic recycling or the produce contained within the plastic are under sold. Or we just ban plastics

  68. Keyboardman Youtube
    Keyboardman Youtube
    15 dagen geleden

    A great example why other nations don’t like Americans... why don’t you do a new one with the title : U.S produce trash but China has no right to refuse it.

  69. ahpei88
    15 dagen geleden

    I think we can try to tax heavily the plastic manufacturer company, and then take those money to give incentive to those recycling company.. Perhaps this could help to create a positive cycle..

  70. Roy Lo
    Roy Lo
    15 dagen geleden

    thumb down for the misleading title chosen. Instead of pointing your finger to others, it is high time America took care your shit.

  71. bes t
    bes t
    15 dagen geleden

    China broke the entire world with their lies.

  72. summerblue
    15 dagen geleden

    This f**king channel is shameless!

  73. Jame yang
    Jame yang
    15 dagen geleden

    so why shipping the trash into china is a reasonable choice for World‘ recycle ?Does china aren't a part of the world? And shouldn't they have the right to protect their environment from garbage of wester ? Disgusting video!

  74. Bryan L
    Bryan L
    15 dagen geleden

    seriously should put " " on broke and recycling,

  75. Home Phomm
    Home Phomm
    16 dagen geleden

    I’m Asian but I don’t buy anything Chinese do....their first high speed train China claimed were actually imported to China and later made in cooperation with the Germans Siemens engineering manufacturers...China first plane engines is GE electric and China own parts of it and 75% of the plane parts are imported...

  76. Tony Ding
    Tony Ding
    16 dagen geleden

    wow. it's hard to understand "Broking". can't you deal with your rabish by yourself? you are not child and we are not your parents.

  77. poi fu xia shuang
    poi fu xia shuang
    16 dagen geleden

    title atractor

  78. cnccarving
    16 dagen geleden

    solutio is clearly when plastic produced, from its profit has to go to recycling if a plastic bottle cap 10 cent then someone has to pay 15 cent then the 5 cent can be recycled to the recyclers and it shouldbe this way from beginnings

    16 dagen geleden

    Mind your own garbage, this is what the lazy do to justify their laziness.

  80. Noe F
    Noe F
    17 dagen geleden

    Mc Donald's and other fast food restaurants use packaging that is sustainable and biodegradable. Only plastic straws, lids, and foam plates aren't good. Foam plates are being used less lately. Remember your burgers were packaged in foam containers. They don't do that in Mc Donald's anymore.

  81. Omega Alpha
    Omega Alpha
    17 dagen geleden

    When China recycling all the waste. West media: China take economic advantage over us by stealing our recycling work When China refuse to accept all the waste West media: China broke world recycling China: what I should do?

  82. Quitzi Palletino
    Quitzi Palletino
    17 dagen geleden

    Lots of triggered Chinese people in these comments.

  83. Lin Kan
    Lin Kan
    17 dagen geleden

    The video should have been titled - The farse of Recicling. Is shipping recyclables to China is recicling? Of course not!

  84. logan zhao
    logan zhao
    17 dagen geleden

    I was a broker during this time for scrap plastic in America shipping to China. I can tell you guys that I had an excel spreadsheet of 2400 scrapyards/vendors of scrap plastic. In 2018, there was only 400 still in business most of the 400 transitioned to something else. China banned scrap plastic imports had a huge toll on many businesses.

  85. Aniket Tripathi
    Aniket Tripathi
    17 dagen geleden

    Recycling can't be solutions to anything. We need to limit our consumption. Recycling only changes types of pollution .

  86. Teh Gehguan
    Teh Gehguan
    17 dagen geleden

    Plastic recycling = send to other countries

  87. 我来亲自查阅
    17 dagen geleden

    After years of living in Europe, I realize that the western lifestyle produces more garbage than us in china, they casing every single piece of food with great-looking package.

    1. ???
      16 dagen geleden

      @Quitzi Palletino You mean the US, hahahaha, does US have the ball to open it's fort detric to investigate ?

    2. Quitzi Palletino
      Quitzi Palletino
      17 dagen geleden

      China produces deadly viruses though.

    17 dagen geleden

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  90. Cool Vid
    Cool Vid
    18 dagen geleden

    US: How dare you China not cleaning up our trash? It's all your fault!

  91. J Black
    J Black
    18 dagen geleden

    Go back to glass! Soda Pop used to be sold in glass . Beer is still sold in glass . Glass is clean and recyclable. More expensive, but healthier .

  92. Lei Chen
    Lei Chen
    18 dagen geleden

    I think this video is quite subjective, the guy isn't blaming China but just stating facts. Thank you for the video.

  93. Frank Lee Madeere
    Frank Lee Madeere
    18 dagen geleden

    Another economic solution not mentioned is to tax virgin PET (or products using them) to properly cover its externalities. This would make the price of recycled materials relatively more attractive. And before you complain about your cola going up 5 cents, remember that we're already paying that in other ways (e.g. pollution and municipalities).

  94. 辛越毅
    18 dagen geleden

    us did complain the beijings air, but when ccp banned the trush import, us also complains 😂

  95. 国安部巡查司小李
    18 dagen geleden

    China, China, China, China, China is blamed for everything?

  96. Eric Liu
    Eric Liu
    18 dagen geleden

    Hypocrisy at its best. Every country should clean his own garbage, period.

  97. Johnson Chen
    Johnson Chen
    18 dagen geleden

    Interesting title and , speechless. From this video, the "world"= US, "broke"=blame China. So, are you really making a video for common sense or just want to hook a combat at NLlike? It's quite amazing that you got 283 millions sub and 77 thousands support for this video. Again, speechless title, and , speechless video.

  98. Minecraft Steve Costume The Sexy fighting queen
    Minecraft Steve Costume The Sexy fighting queen
    18 dagen geleden

    I thought this was a hai video but then I found out it was a wendover video

  99. kevin M
    kevin M
    18 dagen geleden

    What a misleading title.

  100. Pipi Lu
    Pipi Lu
    18 dagen geleden

    BBC shall buy this video