China has cracked down on what waste they import for recycling.  They want better quality waste, less contamination.  American waste companies are howling.  But if it leads us to recycle our own waste here in the US, China will have done us a favor in the long term.

A lot of our paper and plastic waste is shipped to China for recycling.  I can’t help but feel that this is wrong.  We should be recycling our own trash.  If we have to recycle our own plastic and paper waste, we will develop new techniques and new products. If we let China do it we will never innovate.  This is part of selfdogfooding.

One identified victim says the attacks were not isolated events—and the US knew.

Source: More Americans in China say they’re victims of mysterious health attacks | Ars Technica