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UK taking back containers of plastic waste from Malaysia

Christian Fernsby |
Britain is to take back containers of plastic waste that had been illegally shipped to Malaysia.

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The containers, which arrived at Penang Port between March 2018 and March 2019, were deemed to be illegal because they did not comply with the required import papers.

More than 300 containers of plastic waste are being held at Penang after arriving without the right permits, but countries have agreed to take back 200 of those.

Yeo Bee Yin, Malaysia's minister for energy, science, technology, environment and climate change, called the UK's offer to take back the waste "highly commendable".

In a joint-statement with the UK high commission she added: "This co-operation signifies a recognition that plastic pollution is a global issue which requires commitment from various countries to address the problem.

"We hope the co-operation and understanding between Malaysia and United Kingdom will set an example for other countries with companies exporting contaminated plastic waste to other developing nations."

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