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The Evolutionary Trend and Impact of Global Plastic Waste Trade Network

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Business School, Changshu Institute of Technology, Changshu 215500, China
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School of Maritime Economics and Management, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian 116026, China
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UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
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Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
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Sustainability 2021, 13(7), 3662; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073662
Received: 23 February 2021 / Revised: 16 March 2021 / Accepted: 20 March 2021 / Published: 25 March 2021
Marine plastic waste, global warming, and ozone holes have become global environmental problems that need to be resolved urgently. With the promulgation of plastic bans in many countries, the global plastic waste trade will undergo tremendous change. In order to explore the future evolutionary trend of the global plastic waste trade network, this paper focuses on the analysis of the import and export of plastic waste from major trading countries around the world. Based on the bilateral trade volume of plastic waste from 1990 to 2019, a global plastic waste trade network is constructed, and the structure and characteristics of the network are studied. The results show that the global plastic waste trade network has shifted its center of gravity, and the import center has gradually shifted from China to Southeast Asia. The global plastic waste trade network presents a sparse state. Moreover, the dependence of related countries on plastic waste trade decreases, whilst the closeness of trade links also decreases. Sudden factors such as plastic waste import bans have a disruptive impact on plastic waste management. View Full-Text
Keywords: global plastic waste; international trade; complex network global plastic waste; international trade; complex network
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Zhao, C.; Liu, M.; Du, H.; Gong, Y. The Evolutionary Trend and Impact of Global Plastic Waste Trade Network. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3662. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073662

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Zhao C, Liu M, Du H, Gong Y. The Evolutionary Trend and Impact of Global Plastic Waste Trade Network. Sustainability. 2021; 13(7):3662. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073662

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Zhao, Changping; Liu, Mengru; Du, Huanzheng; Gong, Yu. 2021. "The Evolutionary Trend and Impact of Global Plastic Waste Trade Network" Sustainability 13, no. 7: 3662. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073662

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