Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia will send as much as 3,000 tons of plastic waste back to the countries it came from, the environment minister says, the latest Asian country to reject rich countries’ rubbish. Malaysia in 2018 became the world’s main destination for plastic waste after China banned its import, disrupting the flow of more than 7-million tons of the trash a year. Dozens of recycling factories have cropped up in Malaysia, many without operating licences, and communities have complained of environmental problems. Yeo Bee Yin, minister of energy, technology, science, environment and climate change, said 60 containers of trash that had been imported illegally would be sent back. “These containers were illegally brought into the country under false declaration and other offences which clearly violates our environmental law,” Yeo told reporters, after inspecting the shipments at Port Klang, on the outskirts of the capital. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last week ordered his ...

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