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For years, China has been a destination of choice for the world's non-food waste. Plastics, in particular, have been in demand for recycling. But now China's a combination of slowing production and increasing domestic consumerism means that there is enough domestically produced waste and it no longer needs to be the dustbin of the world. Given that there is already a vast global over-supply of plastic waste, can the world cope without China's formerly voracious appetite?

It's freezing here at the house in France. Really. There's ice on the pond in the garden. I broke it last night so that the fish could breathe (is that necessary? I don't know. Seemed like a good idea at the time) but now it's frozen over again.