Malaysia will not be dumping ground for world’s plastic waste

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Yeo Bee Yin yesterday reiterated that Malaysia would not be a dumping ground for the world’s plastic waste.

“Our position has always been that, we would not want illegal smuggling of plastic waste and contaminated plastic waste into the country,” she said in response to the world’s leading environmental protection group Greenpeace’s claim that Italy has been exporting hazardous plastic waste to Malaysia.

She said this at a press conference after launching the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change 2020 (MESTECC 2020) Initiative. Yeo also said that the biggest exporter of the illegal plastic waste to Malaysia was not Italy but the United Kingdom, France, the United States and Japan.

Greenpeace had alleged that in the first nine months of 2019, some 2,880 tonnes of the plastic waste exported to Malaysia and almost half were received by companies operating illegally.