Disposal of Plastic Waste by “Dumping” More Difficult


Environmental Leader reported that Malaysia would return 450 metric tons of plastic and non-recyclable waste to countries of origin including the U.S., the UK, Australia, Japan, the Netherlands and Singapore following a policy decision to refuse consignments of plastic waste for disposal, Malaysia has reacted  to internal opposition by returning waste through over ten concerted campaigns.  Malaysia received an upsurge in plastic waste following the decision earlier in 2019 by China to embargo imports.


Malaysia developed numerous unlicensed and unregulated waste disposal facilities many of which engaged in indiscriminate dumping or burning.


In a statement, Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment And Climate Change for the Government of Malaysia urged industrialized nations to “review their management of plastic waste and stop shipping garbage to developing countries.”