Malaysia's ministry of energy, technology, climate change and environment and the British high commission in Malaysia announced Thursday that the United Kingdom has agreed to return 42 containers of plastic waste from Malaysia.
According to the statement, the containers arrived at penang port in Malaysia between March 2018 and March 2019 without complying with the relevant import documents, which is illegal.
Relevant departments of the two countries are working together to deal with the shipment of "foreign garbage" back to the UK.
In a statement, yeo mei-ying, Malaysia's minister for energy, science and technology, climate change and environment, said the uk-malaysia collaboration on the repatriation of plastic waste showed that plastic pollution was a global problem that needed to be addressed by all countries.
Ms. Yang said a British recycling company had exported 55,000 tons of plastic waste to Malaysia in the past two years, using about 1,000 containers.
"Malaysia cannot be a dumping ground for the world and we will fight back," she said.
Although we are a small country, we must not be bullied by developed countries.
She said she hoped the partnership would set an example for other countries where companies ship polluting plastic waste to developing countries.
Malaysia's nanyang business daily reported earlier that the government had closed 140 factories involved in importing and dealing with illegally imported waste in the first two months of this year.
In addition, the federal government also asked the state environmental agencies to set up secret service teams to continue to crack down on "foreign waste" and illegal factories in the state.
Because of strict environmental laws and high penalties, western developed countries often have to pay high fees for garbage disposal at home. Therefore, "shipping to foreign countries" has become their most convenient and cheapest option.
Nowadays, with the increasing awareness of environmental protection, more and more developing countries are no longer willing to sacrifice ecological environment for economic development.
Before Malaysia, countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and China have also introduced policies to restrict or even ban the import of "foreign garbage".