After the Philippines, Malaysia threatens to return garbage to Canada
After the Philippines threatens to ship 69 garbage containers to Canada, it is Malaysia’s turn to signal its intention to return garbage to the country.
This Southeast Asian country will return approximately 3000 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries such as Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, to avoid becoming a “dump” for rich countries, said Tuesday the Minister of the Environment, Yeo Bee Yin.
She said several countries have turned to Malaysia and other developing countries to export their waste, since China decided to ban the import of plastic waste last year.
Last week, the Philippines reported that it would return dozens of garbage containers that were illegally shipped to the country from Canada between 2013 and 2014.
The Malaysian Environment Minister has also announced that 60 containers full of contaminated garbage, smuggled into Malaysia, will be returned to their home countries.
These containers were intercepted before landing in illegal processing centers.
Ten of the containers are expected to be returned in the next two weeks, the minister said, as she showed reporters the contents of the garbage in a port outside Kuala Lumpur.
The waste presented included contaminated milk cartons from Australia, compact discs from Bangladesh, as well as bales of electronic and household waste from the United States, Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United States. China. Yeo Bee Yin argued that garbage from China appeared to be garbage from France and other countries that had been diverted after a ban imposed by China.
According to a UK recycling company, it has exported more than 50,000 metric tons of plastic waste to about 1,000 containers in Malaysia in the last two years.
“It’s probably just the tip of the iceberg. A situation that results from the ban on plastic waste by China, said the minister at a press conference. Malaysia will not be a dump for the world … we will fight back. Even though we are a small country, we can not be intimidated by developed countries. ”
The government cracked down on dozens of illegal plastic recycling facilities across the country.
Authorities have closed 150 factories since last July. Earlier this month, Malaysia also returned five waste containers to Spain.
Minister Yeo Bee Yin said the ban on plastic waste in China “opened the eyes of the world to the fact that we have a huge problem of waste and recycling”.
Last week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he was moving forward to return to Canada waste that was illegally sent to his country several years ago.
The Philippines recalled their Canadian ambassador and consuls after Ottawa failed to meet the May 15 deadline to repatriate its garbage.
The federal Minister of the Environment says that Canadian garbage rotting in the Philippines for nearly six years will return to Canada by the end of June. Last Wednesday, she said Ottawa had awarded a contract to a transportation company, Bolloré Logistics Canada, to repatriate 69 containers filled with garbage and electronic waste.
The Philippines, however, rejected Canada’s timetable. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo announced that Duterte had ordered officials to find a private shipping company to transport the waste to Canadian territory.
In Port Klang, Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin pointed out that rich-country citizens are diligently sorting their waste for recycling, but that waste ends up in developing countries where it is illegally recycled. risks to the environment and health.
“We urge developed countries to review their plastic waste management and stop shipping them to developing countries,” she said, calling such practices “unjust and savage.”
Yeo Bee Yin is committed to taking action against Malaysian companies illegally importing used plastics as “traitors to sustainable development in the country.”