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Malaysia not to become waste dumping ground, says minister

Staff Writer |
Malaysia will not become the world's solid waste dumping ground following China's ban of scraps imports, said Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin.

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Malaysian national news agency Bernama cited the minister as saying that the government has taken a drastic move to assure the country not to turn into the plastic waste bin.

According to the report, the minister has introduced new sets of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and regulations for the application of solid waste import license and revoked the 114 existing licences with immediate effect.

Licence holders need to re-apply the licence and meet the new SOP and criteria to ensure that there will be no violation of standards and regulations.

Yeo added that China's ban on foreign waste has forced some developed countries to send their waste to other Asian countries.

Citing a report from the British National Audit Office, Yeo said that Malaysia was the largest importer of plastic solid waste from Britain, taking in 17 percent of the total 250,000 tonnes of solid waste from the country just in the first quarter this year.

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