Shame on us too! Australia, Canada, the US and others have all been found guilty of the same thing. Our waste is our responsibility, and that means taking ownership of it even when it leaves our shores –
Since China banned imports of plastic waste in early 2018, Malaysia has become the No. 1 importer of the world’s unwanted plastic. Now, the country has had enough.Malaysia’s Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Yeo Bee Yin announced Tuesday that the country would return as much as 3,000 tonnes (approximately 3,307 U.S. tons) of plastic that had been imported illegally from countries including the U.S., Reuters reported.”Malaysia will not be a dumping ground to the world … we will fight back,” Yeo said at a press conference reported by the Associated Press.
“Even though we are a small country, we can’t be bullied by developed countries.” The waste comes in 60 containers smuggled into the country. Ten of the containers, containing some 450 tonnes (approximately 496 U.S. tons) will be shipped back within two weeks, Yeo said.