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Malaysia Sending Plastic Trash Back to U.S. and Other Developed Countries


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Last year, China made international headlines for announcing that it would no longer take plastic recycling from the U.S. and other developed countries. Now, another Asian nation is following suit. Malaysia is going to send about 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste back to the countries that exported it, which include the U,S., the U.K., France, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, and Singapore, according to CNN.

As reported by Reuters, Yeo Bee Yin, Malaysia's minister of energy, technology, science, environment and climate change, announced that Malaysia would be returning containers filled with illegally-imported trash. “These containers were illegally brought into the country under false declaration and other offenses which clearly violates our environmental law,” Yeo said, according to Reuters.