France slaps record fine on company that had containers returned from Malaysia

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French Environment Minister Brune Poirson

A record fine of €192,000 (£164,000) has been given to an unnamed French recycling broker after it had containers returned from Malaysia.

The French Ministry of Environmental Transition gave the fine to a trading company that sent 20 containers of plastic waste to Malaysia.

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A statement from the office of Environment Minister Brune Poirson said: “It must be a strong signal. All the companies whose cargoes are being sent back from the recipient countries will be pursued.

“As we learned this summer, containers can be returned to the sender. Malaysia, the Philippines and then Indonesia have all announced plans to return garbage containers to the West before taking action and sending hundreds of them back.”

France’s Senate is currently debating the Circular Economy Bill that would impose traceability on all waste.

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