On January 1st, 2018, China issued a new ban on imported waste plastics from any outside country. This was done as a part of their ongoing initiative to reduce pollution, as the recycling of imported waste can result in the release of unwanted pollutants into the environment. Of the many countries affected by this ban, the United States may be hit the hardest.
The plastics made from BPA have some really useful properties and the industry uses millions of pounds of these materials – thus efforts to ban them have been largely unsuccessful. However, just as with other hazardous substances, a cautious approach is smart. While elimination may not be a viable approach, we should work to limit exposure as much as possible.