The stellar growth of food delivery apps in China is submerging the country with takeout containers, utensils and bags. And the country’s immature reverse logistics and recycling system isn’t ready for this growth. The bulk of this plastic ends up discarded, buried or burned with the rest of the trash, researchers and recyclers say.* Scientists estimate that the online takeout business in China was responsible for 1.6 million tons of packaging waste in 2017, nine times more than two years before. This number includes 1.2 million tons of plastic containers, 175,000 tons of chopsticks, 164,000 tons of plastic bags and 44,000 tons of plastic spoons.