The Malaysian Government is planning to develop a centralised waste park to process and recycle plastic waste, according to Malaymail.
Malaysian Minister for Housing and Local Government Zuraida Kamaruddin said in Parliament that once built, any plastic waste recycling facilities outside the centralised waste park will be deemed illegal.
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She added: “The ministry plans to centralise plastic waste processing or recycling work to make it easier for us to monitor and deal with them. The way forward to manage clean plastic waste imports is to place all these plastic waste factories into a centralised waste park. Any factory outside of this designated area will be considered as an illegal factory.”
The Minister said that her Ministry is also working with the Customs Department to inspect each container entering the country to ensure that only clean plastics are accepted.
During a question time in Parliament, Government backbencher Taiping MP Teh Kok Lim asked about the Kedah Government’s decision not to issue any licenses for plastic waste recycling centres.
She explained: “We issue the AP license for the import of plastic waste and before issuing it, we will inspect the site first. However, the site approval is the purview of the local councils and local authorities. They have the right not to grant the license for the sites.”