In a recent announcement, Malaysia has ordered to return a thousand tonnes of imported plastic waste back to countries from where it had originally come from, claiming that most of the refuse was imported into the country illegally in the first place. In a recorded statement made by Yeo Bee Yin, minister of energy, environment, technology, science, and climate change said that 60 containers of trash had been imported illegally in the country and they would be sent back.
Yin said in a statement that the country has become a dumping ground for other wealthier nations, “What the citizens of the UK believe they send for recycling is actually dumped in or country.” As a consequence, the country has ordered to send back the waste to the countries from where it originally came from. “If they ship to Malaysia, we will return it back without mercy.”
The imports of plastic waste have tripled in Malaysia in the past two years and the country is now planning to impose a ban on waste plastic imports. This move of the Southeast Asian country has been taken after a similar incidence of the ban which took place in China.
Yin said, “Malaysians like any other developing countries, have the right to clean air, clean water, sustainable resources, and a clean environment to live in, just like citizens of developed nations.”
Reports by environmentalists suggest that the waste will only be sent to poorer countries with weaker environmental regulations, which will make waste disposal less safe. Dozens of recycling factories had cropped up in Malaysia, out of which many are operating without a license. Malaysian officials have identified at least 14 countries for its unwanted waste, these include France, the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and Britain.