Earth Day Interview: China is 'Green Like Dollars, Not Like the Environment'

A Chinese worker piles up the plastic bottles collected at a recycling center in Hefei, east China's Anhui province. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

For Earth Day, we met up with Shanghai-based journalist Adam Minter (blog, Twitter) in New York's Central Park. Minter covers the Chinese environment and other topics for a variety of publications, including The Atlantic and Slate. He is currently working on a book for Bloomsbury Press — entitled Wasted: Inside the Multi-Billion Dollar Trade in American Trash — which will be "an insider’s account of the hidden world of globalized recycling, from the US to China, and points in between." We talked to Minter about China's massive recycling industry and what China and the rest of the world can learn from each other environmentally.

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Dan Washburn is Asia Society's Chief Content Officer. The Financial Times named his book, The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream, one of the best of 2014.