Malaysia keeps word, and sends three thousand tons of plastic waste back

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Southeast Asia needs since 2018 as alternate garbage dump for plastic and other poorly biodegradable waste in the world. Annually, millions of tons of waste at the vuilnisgebergte in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.

After China in 2018, the import banned – and that 7 million tons of waste to the fate handed – switched the biggest dumpers on to Southeast Asia. The Malaysian authorities have identified all fourteen countries in which the plastic originates, including the USA, Japan, France, Canada, Australia and Great Britain.

Yeo Bee Yin, minister for Energy, Technology, Environment and Climate reports that there is 60 illegally imported waste containers will be returned. “These containers were illegal in the country and violate our environmental laws,” explains Yeo after an inspection of the cargo in Port Klang, the largest port of the country.

“Eat it for my part on’

The counter-movement from Asian angle, starts gradually to take shape, with Malaysia leading. Vietnam and Thailand have settled their legislation on afvalbestrijding to the massive influx to a halt, India would by september 2019 as China is a ban. A recycleerbedrijf from Great Britain would in the past two years, 50,000 tons of plastic waste deposited on Malaysia, says Yeo. “We ask explicitly to stop waste export to developing countries. Whom waste was shipped to Malaysia, get the double and thick back without mercy.’

Also in the Philippines led plastic waste to a heated discussion. Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte reacted furious at the 69 dumpsters, coming from Canada. Duterte has hired a private company to charge to send it back and mentioned that the plastic in the Canadian coast ends as that it does not accept. “Eat it for my part’, he added.


The international Convention of Basel between april 29 and may 10, brought 180 countries together to seek solutions for the problem. For thirty years, regulates the Convention, the policies around afvalbestrijding. The Baselakkoord from 1992 forms the spearhead. It includes both technical guidelines on prevention and transparency, as well as the control on excessive transport.

The US, the biggest clincher of toxic waste – stepped in may from the new Basel pact, but could not fully loswrikken from the standards of the agreement. The other 187 countries – of the 195 countries in the world – voted in the new measures.