Malaysia will ship back nearly 3,000 metric tonnes of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries along with the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom in a move to be away from becoming a “dumping floor” for wealthy nations.
Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin stated on Tuesday that 60 containers stacked with contaminated waste had been smuggled in en-route to unlawful processing centers in Malaysia and will probably be dispatched again to their nations of origin.
Yeo stated Malaysia, and plenty of developing nations, have turned into new targets after China banned the import of plastic waste in 2018.
“That is probably the tip of the mountain [due] to the banning of plastic waste by China,” Yeo said in a press conference.
“Malaysia is not going to be a dumping floor to the world … we are going to fight back. Although we’re a small nation, we will not be bullied by developed nations.”
Ten containers shall be shipped back within two weeks, Yeo stated, as she showed reporters contents of the waste at a port outdoors the capital, Kuala Lumpur.
The displayed products included cables from the UK, contaminated milk cartons from Australia and CDs from Bangladesh, in addition to bales of electronic and family waste from the US, Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and China.
Yeo mentioned the waste from China appeared to be garbage from France and different international locations that had been rerouted after Beijing’s ban.
In a single case alone, Yeo showed, a British recycling firm dumped over 50,000 metric tonnes of plastic waste in up to 1,000 containers to Malaysia over the past couple of years.
The government has fixed dozens of unlawful plastic recycling centers that had spread throughout the nation, shuttering greater than 150 plants since July 2018.
Earlier this month, the federal government additionally shipped back five containers of waste to Spain.