South-east Asia fights back after becoming dumping ground for rich world's plastic waste

The scene of alleged plastic waste dumping in a forest in the Tasek Industrial Area of Ipoh earlier this year.
An auxiliary police officer inspecting plastic waste inside containers in Port Klang before the waste is sent back to the country of origin. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

They are fighting back by trying to clean up the trade in recyclable plastics that has become toxic because of greed and lax enforcement.

After taking over from China as the world's main dumping ground for illegal plastic waste, Malaysia is fighting back.

Aside from plans to set up a designated waste park, the government has shut down illegal recycling factories without licences. Some of these illegal factories were located close to residential areas and lacked suitable facilities.

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