Malaysia opens investigation into Belgian plastic waste dumping

Malaysia opens investigation into Belgian plastic waste dumping
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Malaysian Ministry of Environment has opened an investigation into the dumping of seven illegal containers containing Dutch plastic waste that were sent to their country from Belgium, Netherlands KRO-NCRV reported on Saturday. 

The Malaysian Ministry argues that the containers were illegally shipped to their country. 

Western countries often send plastic waste illegally to Malaysia under the pretext of being recycled, the ministry said. Probably because the waste treatment is cheaper. Plastic is burned or dumped illegally, polluting the air, groundwater and rivers. 

The Malaysian Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin has denounced these practices, warning that his country could not continue to be the dumping ground of the West.

“The plastic waste was shipped from Antwerp”, NL Inspectorate of Environment and Transport (ILT) said on Saturday confirming an investigation of the Belgian waste is underway.

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