Malaysia Sends Back Waste; Says It is Not a Dumping Site

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Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of “illegal” plastic waste to 13 mainly rich countries since the third quarter last year. Of the 150 containers, 43 were returned to France, 42 to the United Kingdom, 17 to the United States, 11 to Canada, 10 to Spain and the rest to Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Portugal, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Lithuania.

The Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin warned on Monday that those who want to make the country a rubbish bin of the world can “dream on.” She said the Malaysian government didn’t pay a single cent, with the costs of sending back the waste fully borne by the shipping liners and companies responsible for importing and exporting the waste.

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“Our position is very firm. We just want to send back (the waste) and we just want to give a message that Malaysia is not the dumping site of the world,” she added.

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