Malaysia bans waste imports as Australia battles recycling crisis

Malaysia bans waste imports as Australia battles recycling crisis

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that Malaysia intends to follow China’s lead in effectively banning the import of foreign waste, including plastic.

“For decades, China hoovered up plastic from around the world that needed to be recycled.

But where once it accepted around 50 per cent of the world’s plastic waste – much of it from the rich, developed countries like Australia – China is now far more picky about what it is accepting for recycling.

The decision has had knock-on effects for the entire world, and perhaps most particularly for Australia’s neighbours in south-east Asia, some of whom have been swamped by a deluge of shipments of plastics to be recycled.

This week, Malaysia called time on wealthy western nations sending plastic waste to it for recycling.”

“And while local and national government in Malaysia is acting to stop the importation and processing of plastic waste, countries like Australia still need to work out how it is going to process and recycle the big volumes of plastic waste generated by households every year…

…sending it to Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia is simply not the answer to Australia’s problems.”


Read the full article on the Sydney Morning Herald here