In May 2019, we shared a story about how Malaysia would be returning large containers of mislabeled plastics to the countries that shipped them. That’s right! More than one million tons of plastic waste leave the United States every year, finding its way to different countries for the actual task of recycling.
What happened next? Well, Malaysia kept its word. Earlier this year, the country shipped back more than 4,000 tons of recyclables back to the United States. More importantly, Malaysian authorities cracked down on illegal recycling plants that were taking in the recyclables. Malaysian environmental Minister, Yeo Bee Yin, said, “We want to give a message that Malaysia is not the dumping site of the world.”
Originally Published: May 31st, 2019
We’re continuing to talk about garbage here at Xyza because it’s a stinky but important topic. A few months ago, we shared some interesting news: China would no longer be taking plastic waste from countries around the world. It was big news because many countries depend on China to successfully execute their recycling program. A country’s plastic waste would be shipped to China, and China would then turn this waste into manufacturing goods. It was a win-win relationship! Well, earlier this year, China decided that it would ban certain plastics and enforced stricter rules for the type of plastic they’d accept. They, after all, wanted to focus more on other growing industries and less on the business of recycling the world’s plastic waste. Now other countries are also pushing back on the type of waste they’ll accept. Recently, Malaysia announced that they’ll be returning large containers of mislabeled plastics to the countries that shipped them. Who wants another country’s garbage anyway, right? We certainly wouldn’t! So, now what? Malaysia has asked countries to better manage their recycling and to stop sending garbage to them.