Karachi scrap drives Chinese economy! :D

According to an article published today (Monday; May 21, 2007) by Daily Times, scrap originating in Karachi probably drives China’s booming plastic exports.

“The Chinese goods we see today in our shops are manufactured through a long process that starts in our very own city by the sea.

“Scrap dealers in Karachi rummage through garbage dumps and collect plastic goods regardless of whether they are broken or not. They then barter or sell their loot to contractors. These contractors are then responsible to move the plastic items to various godowns located mostly in Sher Shah, Meeran Naka of Lyari town, Bihar colony and Hingorababad.

“Here, the plastic items are crushed, melted and converted into very small pieces which are locally called ‘plastic dana’ (bits). ‘In Sher Shah alone, there are about 70 godowns and 60 small factories that deal in this plastic business,’ said the president of the Polythene Bags Association of Karachi, Muhammed Saleem. ‘Thus you can imagine how large this industry really is.’

“Once the plastic items have been converted into the danas, the exporters come into play. However, it should be noted that all of the ‘plastic dana’ is not exported to China as one of the godown owners, Mohammed Akbar Sheikh, pointed out. According to him only the low quality dana is exported.

“Once these huge quantities of plastic dana reach China, they are manufactured into various goods such as toys, bags, musical instruments, shoes, dolls, cigarette lighters, pens etc. These goods then make their way back to Pakistan and are seen decorated in local shops.”

Now while this may be news to celebrate, there are repurcussions. “If the exports keep coming in at the current rate, very soon, our local industries will be wiped out,” an economist, Mohammad Idrees, said.

Should this worry the plastic exporters? Apparently it doesn’t. “We exporters are not concerned with the local industries as we have to make a living for ourselves as well,” said Sheikh. He is among 20 major exporters in Karachi who deal in about 40 tons of plastic to China every month.

With the ban on plastic bags already in place, would it be fair to force these people to curb exports to China? What are the alternatives?

Also on a more far-fetched note, China’s booming economy is the driving force behind the rise of the “Eastern Bloc” of power, which is expected to rival that of the US in the years to come. When its imperialism is threatened, the USA would do everything possible to maintain hegemony. If the situation ever comes to that, what would the security concerns be for Pakistan in general, and our “city by the sea” in particular?

16 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

    for polypropylene bags premium quality pvc raisin is imported from oil producing countries… scrap plastic is often used in low quality plastic shopping bags as well..

  2. UZi (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

    The Cheeni use our recycled plastic to make toys and stuff, dude, not just plastic bags — woh tou hum khud hee banaatey haiN..

    Yaani, they use YOUR trash, make stuff, send it back to you, and make you pay for it. We’re a nation that pays other countries for our own recycled trash, instead of improving our own industries. Awesome! :D

  3. Kashif (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

    If we all start using recycle-able plastic stuff, think how good that would be for the economy.

    aur lay aain gay bazar say gar toot gaya (made of plastic eh?)

  4. UZi (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

    O bhai, you’re ALREADY using recycled plastic stuff “Made in China.” :P

  5. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    haha @ Cheeni!.

    Probably gov ke saath deal ki ho gi.

    I heard a while ago that Khudai was selling Kutta’s to Korea—for soup!—dunno the authencity, but HAHA!.

    & whats the use of bashing this great, progressive gov? Some ‘smartoo’ will come & tell us we are anti-gov idiots who are lying through our noses.

  6. UZi (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 4:57 pm


  7. Anon (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 8:26 pm

    “SMARTOO” very nice, this post has been worth it!

  8. Karachi Blogger (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

    Business of Cotton scrap is also going great.
    It is being imported by China and even used within pakistan to create low value items.

    This business is taking place as yarn newly produced yarn is more expensive and this scrap or waste as it is often called is much cheaper.

  9. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 1:14 am

    GUYS GUYS! FORGET ABOUT EVERYTHING! I have got a GREAT news to contribue! To all the internet users out there, here is something that will put a smile on your face (well, a small one at least)

    DSL-256Kbps Limited Access
    Rs 1,199 /month
    2GB Volume
    Buy Before 30 June and get
    Free Installation
    Free Modem (with 12 months contract)
    Unlimited download for 3 months from
    service activation

    DSL-512Kbps Limited Access
    Rs 1,999/month
    4GB Volume
    Buy Before 30 June and get
    Free Installation
    Free Modem (with 12 months contract)
    Unlimited download for 3 months from
    service activation

    DSL-1Mbps Unlimited
    Rs 4,999/month
    Unlimited download
    Free Modem
    Buy Before 30 June and get
    Free Installation


    Source: http://bncc.ptcl.net.pk/WssWeb/cs/oa/wstep01.jsp

    Can any mod please put it up on the front page? :D

  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 2:06 am

    oh my God! jabhi kahoun k mere new Acer Laptop k processor k nichli side par Maash ki daal ke boo kio arahee hay!. Ab samjh aya!! kisi ne basi mash ki daal theli me kar k pheki hogi aur cheeni ne dhoaye baghair usay recycle kardiaaa…

  11. party buster (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 2:15 am

    Zeeshan sorry for rand main bhang but I have a 20MB connection, free IP phone( free in europe , canada, usa, australia etc – and by free i mean absolutely free for landlines), and 100 free channels.

    now all that for 2100 in pak rupees.

    put pressure on ptcl et al to lower their prices. they are still literally looting the public.

  12. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 3:53 am

    Party Buster: I hate you!

    In Pak, we have World-Call as biggest cable provider.

    The 128k costs 1450/month. Thats 12kb/s down at best.

    For 1950(I think), I get a 256k down and thats still not very good for video streaming.

    (Oh & tv is a seperate 300+/month. + they have started some retarted ‘VOD’ service for 1500/m & all the ‘Good’ channels have been moved there)

    We need more competition in the market to get these guys back to earth.

    Hopefully with Wateen coming in things will get better.

    @ Zeeshan: Download limit = not cool. Streaming video/playing online etc will suck that up faster than you can say “ZOMYGOD!”.

    Btw, did anyone hear abt the latest honour bestowed upon Pakistan?

    Out of the 41 countries surveyed, Internet in Pakistan was the 3rd most cencored (by the state).
    (Iran, KSA, China, Vietnam, Thailand, UAE, Burma, India are also on the list).

  13. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 7:15 am

    Yeah but…..

    DSL-1Mbps Unlimited
    Rs 4,999/month
    Unlimited download
    Free Modem
    Buy Before 30 June and get
    Free Installation

    1mb unlimited. Hopefully, local cable guys will catch up with this stuff. I have MAXCOM 128 and I think it’s way better than dialup!

  14. decipher (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

    @Zeeshan syed… I’m on maxcom too and believe me after i read ur post… i was filled with joy only to find out that its available only in islamabad and rawalpindi… if it comes to karachi, i will definitely go for Rs. 4999 package… seems like a sweeet deal… by the way how much down u get with 1Mbps ????

    and does anyone has any idea if ptcl is extending this dsl network in khi too??? and if yes, when…


  15. Decipher (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 10:31 pm

    Also i heard they’re offering 10Mbps connection… more info on this plz…

  16. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

    They are rolling it out. They have been updating their switch-boxes in the past few months.

    When it rolls out, I really dont have a clue.

    A 1mb connection ‘should’ give you 100/kbps down.

    try the ptcl website, maybe they have more details on it.

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