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Malaysia To Curb Imports Of Plastic Waste: Minister

Published on Oct 29 2018 10:29 AM in Packaging And Design tagged: UK / USA / Packaging / Waste / Malaysia / Plastic / Paywall

Malaysia To Curb Imports Of Plastic Waste: Minister

Malaysia is taking steps to limit imports of plastic waste, which has flooded the country since China stopped taking in foreign scrap for recycling, housing minister Zuraida Kamaruddin has said.

The Southeast Asian nation will phase out imports of all types of plastic - including "clean" plastic - in three years, the minister said.

Malaysia has become the top destination for plastic waste exporters such as the United States and Britain, having received nearly half a million tonnes from its top 10 source-countries between January and July.

The trigger was a Chinese ban on waste imports from the beginning of this year. China took 7 million tonnes of plastic scrap last year.

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