Malaysia returning 81 illegal plastic waste containers

Yeo Bee Yin
Former Malaysian Minister for Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate change Yeo Bee Yin inspecting opened plastic containers

The Government of Malaysia is currently in the process of returning 81 illegal plastic waste containers back to their countries of origin.

In a report by Reuters, it noted that Malaysia has returned 267 illegal plastic waste containers back to where they originated since 2019.


It did not report on where the containers had been or would be returned to.

Reuters said that Malaysian Environment Minister Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man warned that shipping companies or agents that broke Malaysia’s environment and import laws would face strict action.

However, as reported by REB Market Intelligence yesterday, Malaysia has permitted two containers of plastic from the United States that were thought to be illegal stating that they did not require prior informed consent.

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