Malaysia is continuing its efforts to raid and shut down unlicensed plastic recycling facilities to slow an increase of imported scrap materials.
According to a Recycling Today report, an April 23 notice posted to Malaysia’s Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change site says that imports in Port Klang, Malaysia, contained “unwanted materials commingled with plastic scrap.”
At the beginning of the year, the country’s environment minister announced that 100 illegal plastic waste factories in Malaysia are set to be shut down in the first quarter of 2019. At the time, Malay Mail reported that since the freeze on importing plastic waste into Malaysia took effect last summer, 61 operations were conducted in illegal factories. Licensed factories are being scrutinized to determine if their operations adhere to the law.