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  • fig. S1. Linear fit of all historical cumulative Chinese imports of plastic waste
(R2 = 0.89) (9–12).
  • fig. S2. Polynomial fit for historical cumulative Chinese imports of plastic waste (R2 = 1.0) (9–12).
  • fig. S3. Linear fit for the last 10 years of cumulative Chinese imports of plastic waste (R2 = 1.0) (9–12).
  • fig. S4. Best-fit regression analysis for future plastic waste imports (9–12).
  • fig. S5. Top five importers to China in 2016 and top five export destinations for the top five historical exporters (13, 24–26).
  • fig. S6. Comparison of cumulative import and export quantities of plastic waste (MT) from 1988 to 2016 for each plastic waste polymer.
  • fig. S7. Annual Chinese imports of each plastic waste polymer from 1992 to 2016.
  • fig. S8. Destination countries of U.S. exports of plastic waste in 2016 and cumulative plastic waste export tonnage (in million MT) in 1988–2016.
  • fig. S9. Destination countries of Japanese exports of plastic waste in 2016 and cumulative plastic waste export tonnage (in million MT) in 1988–2016.
  • fig. S10. Destination countries of German exports of plastic waste in 2016 and cumulative plastic waste export tonnage (in million MT) in 1988–2016.
  • fig. S11. Destination countries of Mexican exports of plastic waste in 2016 and cumulative plastic waste export tonnage (in million MT) in 1988–2016.
  • fig. S12. Destination countries of UK exports of plastic waste in 2016 and cumulative plastic waste export tonnage (in million MT) in 1988–2016.
  • table S1. Ranking of World Bank economic groups based on cumulative exports and imports plastic waste (in MT) from 1988 to 2016 (9–12).
  • table S2. Ranking of World Bank regional groups based on cumulative exports and imports of plastic waste (MT) from 1988 to 2016 (9–12).
  • table S3. Ranking of countries based on cumulative exports and imports of each plastic waste polymer classification from 1988 to 2016 (9–12).
  • table S4. Estimated percentage of imported plastic waste to be managed in China from 2010 to 2016 (4, 9–12, 14).
  • table S5. Projected displaced plastic waste based on 100, 75, and 50% restriction scenarios for Chinese imports of plastic waste after the implementation of the new Chinese import ban policy.
  • table S6. Ranking of top countries that exported plastic waste to China in 2016 (MT) (13).
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