Malaysia sending back plastic waste to Bangladesh

Malaysia is sending back a container full of plastic waste to Bangladesh.

The authorities are sending back a total of 150 containers imported from 13 countries including Bangladesh as the consignment had non-recyclable plastic. Authorities discovered that compact discs (CDs) were hidden inside a container with clean recyclable scraps at the front, reports The Star Online.

The discovery was reported in May 28 last year by the Malaysian news report.  

Malaysia’s Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) Minister Yeo Yee Bin said “I was very shocked. In front was legal waste, while the illegal waste was placed behind it. I really hope things like this would not happen again.”

On January 20 this year an order was issued from MESTECC where they said they had successfully shipped back 150 containers with an estimated 3,737 metric tonnes of plastic waste.

The release stated that they were sending back those containers as they had been sent to Malaysia in violation of the Basel Convention on Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.

This effort will be continued by MESTECC to curb illegal waste trade and thus prevent Malaysia from becoming a dumping ground for plastic waste, the release said. 

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