AFTER China closed the doors to the importation of waste material, it
has been diverted to other parts of Asia and recently Malaysia seized
large volumes of illegal plastic waste sent from Spain.
According to Greenpeace, in 2018, Spain was the eighth largest
exporter of waste to Malaysia and much of this was sent by clandestine
methods with the content of containers not being properly described.
The Minister of the Environment in that country, Madam Yeo Bee Yin
recently revealed that no less than 24 containers full of plastic
waste which cannot be recycled was seized in Selangor State and as
they have been imported in breach of a United Nations Treaty, all will
be returned to Spain in due course.