The Waste newsroom tracks the dumping of plastics from the rich world onto the developing world. It gives journalists from different countries the capacity to uncover where plastic waste ends up, who profits and who is responsible. We combine complex supply chain data with information scraped from public sources, social media, ship tracking databases, satellite imagery and sources on the ground.

Waste collectors sift through trash in Ward 11. Rachel Moon. July 2023

The West’s Next Plastics Dump

As Southeast Asia bans plastic waste imports, rich countries are offloading their plastic waste in even more vulnerable places – where citizens are too afraid to say no.

Europe’s Black Seas

Disastrous discharge of oily wastewater continues despite monitoring

Recycling Lies

Plastics labyrinth allows traders to illegally ship Europe’s waste