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Malaysia sends back trash to rich countries

"For Malaysia, we do not want to pay a single sen because it is not about money, it's about dignity".

Hauls of plastic waste have been rerouted to Southeast Asia since China issued a ban on importing plastic trash in 2018.

"No matter how hard, we are going to send them back and we are going to make people who export here, and the shipping liners to pay for it", said Ms Yeo.

Of the 150 containers of plastic waste, 40 containers involved exporters from France, the United Kingdom (42), the United States (17), Canada (11), Spain (10) and Hong Kong (nine).

The Malaysian government said on January 20 that the country will send back an additional 110 containers of plastic waste to source nations after having successfully returned 150. People dump their rubbish into your country, you are not supposed to pay them to send it back.

"The government views seriously the matter, and we will not hesitate to take stern actions to ensure Malaysia is not turned into the world's dumpster", she said at the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) here today.

It has shut down 218 illegally operated recycling plants across the country, while checking for smuggled plastic waste at seaports.

The illegal factories have reportedly spewed toxic air, especially in Sungai Petani, but environment authorities there have denied that the air is polluted.

She said Malaysia has since come up with a comprehensive plan to strengthen enforcement through a special task force involving related agencies.

They added government was also "working hard to stop illegal waste exports from leaving our shores in the first place".

"We will continue to close (the illegal factories) again and again. We will see who is more persistent", she said. The highest number, 43, were transported to France.

The company responsible for shipping the containers has been identified and fined 192,000 euros (US$212,793.60), the statement added.

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