The Malaysian government is adamant it will return some 3000 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic waste currently under assessment at a port outside its capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Investigations reveal that the waste was packaged in at least 60 containers and was shipped from developed countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Malaysia’s Environment Minister, Yeo Bee Yin contended on Monday that Malaysia is one of the developing countries that are being targeted by first world countries for the dumping of non-recyclable waste.
The disgruntled minister who insisted “Malaysia will not be a dumping ground to the world” noting the unpleasant trend has intensified since China’s 2018 ban on the importation of plastic waste.
Yin who said the ban has further accentuated the global issue surrounding plastic waste disposal, said ten of the 60 containers will be returned to their country of shipment within the next two weeks.
Earlier this year, European Union (EU) legislators took drastic steps to minimize the impact of poor plastic waste disposal by placing a ban on single-use plastic items. These items include plastic straws, forks and knives.
The measure, which targets the top 10 disposable plastic items that are found along the European shores, will take effect in 2021.