How America's recycled plastic is poisoning Malaysia

June 13, 2019

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Plastic waste piled outside an illegal recycling factory in Jenjarom, Kuala Langat, Malaysia, Oct. 14, 2018.


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In the past year, heaps of plastic filth have piled up in parts of the Asian tropics. The World's Patrick Winn joined forces with Jamie Hopkins of the Center for Public Integrity to report this story from both California and Malaysia, where the good intentions of American recyclers can end up in massive piles of burning trash. Plus, anger over a deadly Grenfell Tower apartment fire in London two years ago has hardly dissipated. Also, the US embraces the spelling Kyiv over Kiev, a spelling and pronunciation that hews closer to the Ukrainian language rather than Russian.

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