PortandTerminal.com, January 20, 2020
Costs of sending back the waste fully to be borne by the shipping liners and companies responsible for importing and exporting the waste.
PENANG, Malaysia — The world is awash with waste that no one wants anymore. The Associated Press is reporting that Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of plastic waste to 13 mainly rich countries since the third quarter last year, with the environment minister warning on Monday that those who want to make the country a rubbish bin of the world can “dream on.”
Malaysia isn’t the first country to return containers full of trash. In September, Indonesia announced that it was also sending 547 containers of waste back to wealthy nations after discovering they were contaminated with used plastic and hazardous materials.
In April, the Philippine’s Duerte went so far as to threaten war on Canada if it did not immediately remove 103 containers of waste that had been mouldering at the Port of Manila for years.
Shipments of unwanted rubbish have been rerouted to Southeast Asia since China banned the import of plastic waste in 2018, but Malaysia and other developing countries are fighting back.
Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said another 110 containers are expected to be sent back by the middle of this year.
Yeo said the successful repatriation of a total 3,737 metric tonnes (4,120 U.S. tons) of waste followed strict enforcement at key Malaysian ports to block smuggling of waste and shuttering more than 200 illegal plastic recycling factories.
Of the 150 containers, 43 were returned to France, 42 to the United Kingdom, 17 to the United States, 11 to Canada, 10 to Spain and the rest to Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Portugal, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Lithuania, her ministry said.
She said the Malaysian government didn’t pay a single cent, with the costs of sending back the waste fully borne by the shipping liners and companies responsible for importing and exporting the waste.
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