Dirty plastics from Spain brought in through false declaration

Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin looking at one of the containers with plastic waste from Spain. (Bernama pic)

PORT KLANG: The energy, science, technology, environment and climate change ministry has uncovered a company smuggling prohibited plastic waste into the country through shipping containers by making a false declaration.

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 plastics but actually they contain dirty plastics.

“According to regulations, only clean used plastics are allowed to be imported into the country for recycling,” Yeo told reporters during an enforcement operation at West Port here today.

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

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 plastics recycling factories, she said checks had been conducted on 300 factories, with 148 of them ordered to either cease or suspend operations.