World Focus: Malaysia - where the world sends its trash

Malaysian plastic waste imports soar after China imposes ban, creating pollution crisis

A putrid puddle filled with rubbish lies below a mountain of plastic scrap at an illegal dumpsite next to a palm oil plantation in Jenjarom, Klang, near Malaysia's largest port.

In the same Selangor town, about 70km from Kuala Lumpur, plastic waste is stacked in bags in factories, their contents spilling out onto the ground.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2019, with the headline 'Where the world sends its trash'. Print Edition | Subscribe