Britain will call back 42 containers stuffed with plastic waste that had been illegally exported to Malaysia, authorities said Monday.
Malaysia last year became the world’s primary destination for plastic waste after China’s ban on scrap imports disordered the stream of over 7 million tonnes of trash yearly.
Lots of containers of plastic waste have been held at ports across Malaysia, having arrived without the essential documents.
The 42 containers that the U.K. will call back had reached Penang Port between March 2018 and March 2019, Malaysia’s environment ministry and the British High Commission said in a joint statement.
Last month, over 300 containers carrying plastic waste were being kept at Penang, and some nations had agreed in principle to take back 200 of those.
Malaysia had promised earlier this year to send plastic waste back to the source nation and get them to pay for the transportation prices.
Dozens of recycling factories, many operating without a license, have cropped up in Malaysia since the Chinese ban on scrap imports came into impact. Authorities have stepped up scrutiny as residents lamented of environmental damage.
A lot of the plastic trash coming into the nation is contaminated and low-quality plastic from developed countries that are non-recyclable and ultimately ends up being burnt or buried in landfills, the environment authority has stated.