France agrees to take back 43 illegal waste containers from Malaysia

A container with imported plastic waste is seen in Port Klang May 28, 2019. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
A container with imported plastic waste is seen in Port Klang May 28, 2019. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

PARIS, Jan 21 — Malaysia has shipped 43 illegal plastic waste containers back to France as part of a crackdown on illegal trafficking of waste, the two governments said in a joint statement yesterday.

The South-east Asian nation last year became the world’s main destination for plastic waste after a Chinese ban on imports of plastic waste disrupted the flow of more than seven million tonnes of trash annually.

“Refusing to become the world’s new landfill, the country has announced the return of several containers, particularly to France,” the statement said.

The company responsible for shipping the containers has been identified and fined €192,000 (RM867,011), the statement added. It did not identify the company.

Malaysia has returned 150 plastic waste containers to their countries of origin in the past eight months, including to the United States, Britain, Japan and Canada, the statement said.

Authorities in Malaysia said in November that Britain would take back 42 containers filled with plastic waste that had been illegally shipped to the country. — Reuters

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