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Dumped: The Truth About Europe's Plastic 'Recycling' 2023

Waste Colonialism Exhibit pdf 2023

This exhibition explores the interplay between European waste colonialism - that is, the trade of plastic waste from higher to lower income countries - and the burgeoning plastic pollution crisis in the Global South, particularly in Asia. The objective is to take viewers on a visual, data-driven journey that reveals what actually happens to the millions of tons of plastic waste that are generated each year and commonly believed to be 'recycled'. The pieces are underpinned by the most recent data and scholarship on plastic waste generation and treatment, as well as in-depth insights from experts in the fields of academia, policy, and law enforcement.