Malaysia announced today that since 2019, it has returned 267 boxes of illegal plastic waste to its country of origin and is currently returning another 81 boxes.
After China banned the import of plastic waste in 2018, Malaysia has become a major destination for global plastic waste recycling, but is now struggling with a large amount of unlicensed non-recyclable waste.
The new UN rules on the trade in hazardous waste (the Basel Convention) came into effect on January 1. Its purpose is to reduce the production of hard-to-recycle plastics and prevent rich countries from dumping such waste in developing countries, because they often pollute The environment of developing countries. The local environment and the ocean.
The signatories of the convention can only trade plastic waste if it is clean, sorted and easily recyclable-unless the importing country grants an exemption, Reuters.
The U.S. produces more waste plastics per capita than any other country in the world, and it is the only major country that has not yet ratified the Basel Convention. However, Malaysia is not allowed to accept banned plastic waste from the United States.