False declaration made by company to import dirty plastic waste — Yeo

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PORT KLANG (April 23): The Ministry of Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment has uncovered a company smuggling prohibited plastic waste into the country through shipping containers by making false declarations.

Its Minister Yeo Bee Yin said this was discovered following a series of checks by the Ministry in Port Klang since last month.

“The containers are declared containing clean used-plastic, but actually they contain dirty plastic. According to regulations, only clean used-plastic are allowed to be imported into the country for recycling.

“We have detected a company that exports this dirty plastic and an investigation is in progress. The company will be charged soon,” she told reporters during an enforcement operation at West Port here today.

It is learnt that 24 containers at the port, believed to be from Spain, were found to contain dirty plastic waste.

Yeo said the Ministry would order the containers to be sent back to their country of origin by the shipping companies that brought them in.

On operations against illegal plastic-recycling factories, she said checks had been conducted on 300 factories, with 148 of them ordered to either cease or suspend operations.