Malaysia's fight against imported 'foreign trash'

- Oct 12, 2019-

On October 3, the Malaysian government announced that the containers containing plastic waste would be sent back to three countries of origin, and the three countries would bear the related costs.According to local media, this marks Malaysia's blow to fight against "foreign garbage" and defend their homeland.

Recently, a CCTV reporter visited guara lengyue county in selangor, about 60 kilometers away from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, and found that due to the illegal operation of many foreign waste treatment plants, the local environment has been polluted for a long time, which has brought harm to people's health.

Port klang of Malaysia is a part of selangor state. Due to convenient transportation and low logistics cost, it is the place where "foreign garbage" collects and lands, which also makes the region become a major disaster area of white pollution. The local government gradually realizes the seriousness of the problem.

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Selangor state councillor wong sai han: this "foreign trash" issue has probably caused a lot of problems in selangor since last year (2018), especially the environment.Our selangor state government's position is certainly clear that we do not welcome any industry, including "foreign waste", that will damage our environment.

Since 2018, the import problem of "foreign garbage" in Malaysia has become increasingly serious, including tens of thousands of tons of "foreign garbage" pouring into port klang, penang and other port cities.

According to greenpeace, Malaysia's monthly imports of discarded plastic jumped from 20,000 tonnes in 2016 to 110,000 tonnes in early 2018.In 2019, the record is still being broken.

The illegally transported waste plastic is often of low recycling value, but it is extremely harmful to the environment.The scale of waste plastic is overwhelming the capacity of Malaysia's legal recycling plants.

The factory, located about 60 kilometers away from Kuala Lumpur, strictly complies with government regulations on environmental protection. More than 50 workers work two shifts around the clock, with a daily processing capacity of only 20 to 30 tons.

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Chen zhongling of waste plastic processing plant person in charge: these waste plastic come in from abroad, we begin to classify it, after classification on the machine, then it is crushed, clean, clean after can granulate, granulate (after) can pack, sell to the country that has need.

Over the years, some developed countries have exported their domestic solid waste to developing countries for a long time out of consideration of treatment cost, environmental pressure and other factors.Although waste receiving countries have obtained certain economic benefits, they also bear huge social and environmental costs.

Ports in southeast Asia have become the destination for a large amount of waste in developed countries after China banned the import of plastic waste last year, which has affected the global recycling industry.And India, the Philippines, Indonesia and other countries sound corresponding to the "foreign garbage" say no!In the future, it is expected that more countries will initiate a moratorium to warn developed countries with more resources and advanced technology with practical actions.

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The Basel convention, revised in May this year, includes important pollutants such as plastic waste as part of its import and export restrictions, and stipulates that from 2021, the export of waste plastics to states parties to the convention must obtain prior approval from the regulatory authorities of the importing country.To date, the convention has 187 states parties.