Malaysia Ships Plastic Waste Back to France, Britain, Japan
Malaysian Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin speaks at a press conference on Jan. 20, 2020. / Kyodo
By Kyodo News 21 January 2020
PENANG, Malaysia—Malaysia has shipped 150 containers of plastic waste back to more than a dozen countries including France, Britain and Japan, its environment minister said Monday, pledging to not let the country become the world’s dumping ground.
The 150 containers, containing 3,737 tons of plastic waste brought into the country illegally, included 43 to France, 42 to Britain, 17 to the United States, 11 to Canada, 10 to Spain and five to Japan.
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