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Breaking Down the Ship Recycling Industry

Authored by - Sitara Srinivas

Edited by - Kausumi Saha


Part 1 of a two-part series on the Ship Recycling Industry In India

Read the paper here.


When a ship reaches the end of its life, it is sent to a ship recycling yard to be recycled. Predominantly positioned in South Asian countries, the ship recycling industry is one of the many examples of global waste flows. Having evolved over the years, today the industry provides employment to thousands of people and has reduced several countries’ dependence on imported steel. This two-part series attempts to break down this niche, often unheard-of industry. Part 1 provides an introductory overview of the industry, and analyses relevant national legislation and international conventions. Part 2 focuses on the environmental and ethical implications of the industry, engaging with the overarching theme of global waste flows and waste management.

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