Britain will return 42 containers full of plastic waste which was shipped to Malaysia, police said on Monday.
Malaysia last season became the world’s most important destination for plastic waste following China’s ban on waste imports disrupted the flow of over 7 million tonnes of garbage yearly.
Countless containers of plastic waste are stored at ports throughout Malaysia, having came without the necessary licenses.
“The containers…were deemed prohibited since they failed to obey the crucial import newspapers,” they stated in the announcement.
Reuters reported that over 300 containers carrying plastic waste were held in Penang, and a few nations had agreed in principle to return 200 of these.
Malaysia had pledged earlier this year to ship plastic waste back into the origin country and make them cover the transport expenses.
Dozens of recycling mills, lots of working without a license, have cropped up in Malaysia because the Chinese ban on scrap imports came to effect. Police have stepped up scrutiny since residents complained of ecological harm.
A good deal of the plastic garbage coming to the country is infected and nonplastic from developed nations that are non-recyclable, and ends up being burnt or buried in landfills, the environment ministry has said.