TOKYO — The apply of superior international locations such because the U.S., Canada and Japan sending their non-recyclable waste to poorer international locations is “grossly unfair” and may cease, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad mentioned Thursday.
Mahathir feedback throughout a go to to Tokyo on got here days after his authorities introduced plans to return hundreds of tons of imported plastic waste again to the place it got here from.
“It’s grossly unfair for wealthy international locations to ship their waste to poor international locations just because poor international locations don’t have any selection and possibly it contributes a little bit to their economic system,” Mahathir mentioned at a information convention. “We don’t want your waste as a result of our personal waste is sufficient to give us issues.”
China banned the import of plastic waste final 12 months, main a number of Southeast Asian nations to turn out to be new targets.
Japan, a significant producer of plastic waste, used to export 1.5 million tons per 12 months, principally to China. It now ships some to different international locations, together with Malaysia, whereas the federal government and business search methods of coping with the issue at residence. Setting Minister Yoshiaki Harada has mentioned he’ll look into any unlawful shipments.
Within the Philippines, a cargo ship arrived in a northern port on Thursday to choose up and return 69 containers of rubbish to Canada. Officers say the trash was shipped illegally to the Philippines in 2013-2014.
“You give us the waste then you will have us insist that we pollute the atmosphere by eliminating the waste,” Mahathir mentioned. “However please do not forget that while you pollute one a part of the world you pollute the remainder of the world additionally.”
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