Malaysia’s Environment Ministry has announced it will ship back 450 metric tonnes of non-recyclable plastic waste in 10 containers to their countries of origin, including the US, UK, Australia and Canada.
Malaysia’s Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin observed the containers being filled with CDs and a range of electronic equipment, among much else, and prepared for shipment at Port Klang, near Kuala Lumpur.
While ten containers will be initially sent, inspections will be ran on an additional 50 containers which Malaysia was imported illegally. In total, it is aiming to send approximately 3,000 tonnes back to their countries of origin.
The move is part of a wider effort from Malaysia to avoid becoming a dumping ground for rich countries.