Malaysia will return no less than 3,000 tons of non-recyclable plastic waste to the countries where it comes from, including Australia, the environment minister said Tuesday.
The Southeast Asian nation became the main destination for plastic waste last year after China banned its imports and disrupted the flow of more than 7 million tons of garbage per year.
Dozens of recycling plants have cropped up in Malaysia, many without operating permits, and communities have complained about environmental problems.
Yeo Bee Yin, minister of energy, technology, science, environment and climate change, said that 60 containers of waste that had been illegally imported would be returned.
The Malaysian environment minister Yeo Bee Yin (photo) directs the return of tons of plastic waste dumped in the country back to the countries where they came from
Malaysia will return tons of plastic waste after indicating that it will no longer be the dump site in the world
& # 39; These containers were brought into the country illegally under false statements and other violations that clearly violate our environmental legislation, & # 39; Yeo told the journalists, after inspecting the missions in Port Klang, on the outskirts of the capital.
It is estimated that the number of Australian plastics dumped in the country will be dozens of boat loads that can be returned to the country next week.
Ware milk packs, Coles plastic bags and other items are among the incorrectly labeled plastics that can be found in and around Malaysian villages.
At a press conference, Bee Yin said it was time for foreign powers to take more responsibility for its own plastic waste material.
& # 39; We urge developed countries to review their plastic waste management and stop shipping to developing countries & # 39 ;, she said.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Environment Ministry is striving to ban all imports of plastic products by 2022.
Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), Yeo Bee Yin (left) shows shipment of plastic waste from Australia
An audit by a local environmental coalition alleges that thousands of tons of plastic waste from all over the world are smuggled into East Java every month for paper shipments to be recycled in mills
Data from the Ministry of Environment and Energy show that in the budget year 2017-1818 a total of 3.4 million tonnes of plastic was used in Australia, with 320,000 tonnes being recovered.
Of those 320,000 tonnes recovered for 145,700 tonnes (46%), they were reused in Australia and 174 300 tonnes (54%) were exported for reprocessing.
The Australian Plastics Recycling Survey National Report 2017-2018 showed that China & # 39; s movement to limit the number of impurities they would accept in the import of scrap paper and plastic had an impact on the world market.
& # 39; These Chinese import restrictions have led to a virtual end to the sale of unprocessed scrap plastic to buyers based in China & # 39; said the report.
& # 39; The curtailment of China as a destination for scrap recycling worldwide has resulted in the saturation of mixed plastic scrap on the international market. & # 39;
Other Asian countries, including Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, have also started to precipitate the worldwide import of waste.
Miss Bee Yin all told that Malaysia had 10 shipping containers with 450 tons of non-recyclable plastic ready to return to the countries of origin.
Australia exports worldwide between 300,000 and 400,000 tonnes of waste per month.
While the focus is on Australia's role in Malaysian waste issues, Interior Minister Sussan Ley told the Australian that the government would prioritize the issue of polluted recycling exports to Asia.
Indonesia, India, China, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Vietnam currently import the largest quantities of Australian waste.
Australian waste managers Cleanaway and Auswaste export millions of kilos of old waste paper to East Java, but have told the Australian that they are not involved in smuggling plastic.
& # 39; Every waste shipment sent to Indonesia by Cleanaway is inspected and approved prior to export by local contractors for Indonesian customs. & # 39; Cleanaway told the publication and added that they have never had a shipment rejected due to plastic pollution.
& # 39; We believe material sent to Indonesia and other destinations will be recycled correctly & # 39 ;, said Vincent Liang, managing director of Auswaste.
Hundreds of millions of tons of plastic are produced every year, most of which ends up in landfill or polluting the seas and beaches
The Australian Plastics Recycling Survey National Report 2017-2018 showed that China & # 39; s movement to limit the number of impurities that they would accept in the import of scrap paper and plastic had an impact on the world market
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