Malaysia Fights Back Against Country’s Dumping their Waste on their Country

Gray Moxley

Malaysia refused to be the world’s waste bin, sending back 13 shipment containers full of trash to the countries they came from, and there’s more on the way.

Since China banned the import of plastic waste in 2018, shipments of unwanted plastic waste has been rerouted to South East Asian countries. But now these countries have started to fight back, with Malaysia currently pushing back the strongest. They’ve sent 13 shipments back to their respective countries, and are expected to send up to 110 back in 6 months.

Malaysia’s Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin has stated that there was up to 3,737 metric tons (or 4,120 US tons) of trash sent back to their countries. Additionally, Malaysia’s ports are under strict enforcement to block smuggling of waste and they have shut down more than 200 illegal waste factories.

Currently, 150 waste containers have been returned to their countries, 43 from France, 42 from the UK, 17 from the US, 11 to Canada, 10 to Spain, and the rest to various other Asian countries. The Malaysian company didn’t spend a cent. As for the containers that are left, there are about 60 for the US, 15 for Canada, 14 for Japan, 9 for the UK, 8 for Belgium, as well as 110 more containers left.

Yeo told reporters, “If people want to see us as the rubbish bin of the world, you dream on.” The Malaysian government is to launch a plan on illegal plastic importation next month to help coordinate enforcement against illegal plastic dumping and returning waste.