Published: Mon, January 20, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Malaysia returns 150 containers of plastic trash to countries of origin

Malaysia returns 150 containers of plastic trash to countries of origin

Malaysia has sent 150 containers of plastic waste back to mainly rich countries since the third quarter past year.

Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of plastic waste to more than a dozen countries as Kuala Lumpur said it will not become the world's rubbish bin.

"Now, these 110 containers, weighing up to 20 tonnes each, will be sent to their countries of origin by mid-year".

Since the government's declaration to refuse plastic waste in July 2018, a total of 4,120 tons of waste was returned, and 200 illegal plastic recycling factories were shut down in Malaysia.

Yeo said the successful repatriation of a total 3,737 metric tonnes (4,120 USA tons) of waste followed strict enforcement at key Malaysian ports to block smuggling of waste and shuttering more than 200 illegal plastic recycling factories.

The country has returned 150 containers carrying 3,737 metric tonnes of waste to France, Britain and the USA, among other nations.

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The 150 containers hold 3,737 tonnes of plastic waste that were allegedly brought into the country "illegally", according to the Malaysian government. The amount returned to China, Japan, Singapore and the four other countries is unknown. "We are not the world's rubbish dump", she told reporters at Butterworth port today.

"For now, none of the countries of origin have refused to accept the containers".

Two countries accounted for more than half the number of containers - France (43) and Britain (42).

The exporting countries and shipping lines covered the cost of returning the containers. Canada also has 15 containers, Japan 14, the United Kingdom 9 and Belgium 8 out of 110 more containers that are still being held in Malaysian ports, she said. We do not want to pay a single sen.

Yeo Bee Yin said the 150 containers, found across the country's three main ports were shipped out between the second half of previous year and Friday.

Malaysia is also in the process of returning another 110 containers still at its ports while it prepares to launch a National Action Plan for the Importation of Plastic Waste in February.

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