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MALAYSIA TO BAN IMPORTS OF NON-RECYCLABLE SOLID WASTE, PARTICULARLY PLASTIC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, The Malaysian government will ban imports of all non-recyclable solid waste, particularly plastic, says Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Yeo Bee Yin.

She said, the measures were taken, to ensure the country’s solid waste was well-managed and to reduce plastic pollution, as well as, ensuring Malaysia was not a dumping ground for waste from developed countries.

Plastic waste are varied, some are homogenous, smooth and clean, which can be recycled, but there is mix plastic waste that cannot be recycled and usually used by illegal factory.

The ministry will ensure that any solid waste that cannot be properly recycled, and does not follow the Environmental Quality Act, will be banned, she said, during the ministers’ question time session, at the Dewan Rakyat (Parliament), today.

She was replying to a question from Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS-Rantau Panjang), who wanted to know if the government intended to impose total ban on imports of solid waste into the country.

Source: NAM News Network

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