Malaysian Nature Society says it may cost more but would solve many problems with land, transport, maintenance and health.
Reducing waste is becoming a global priority amid growing calls for more aggressive action on climate change and plastic pollution.
In the small Japanese town of Kamikatsu, residents aims to be "zero-waste" by 2020.
This brings the total number of containers with unclaimed plastic waste from various countries at the port to almost 400.
Selangor DoE says dirty and contaminated plastic needs to be cleaned first before being recycled but the dirt from such plastic will then pollute drains and rivers.
Environment minister Yeo Bee Yin also issues a warning to Malaysians involved in the import of waste from other countries.
Mia Larsson is known for giving a second life to raw materials extracted from the sea.
The housing and local government minister says such plants are needed to clean up the accumulated rubbish in the country
Many plastic recycling plants popped up in Southeast Asia as China stopped accepting plastic waste.
#TakNakStraw founder Mareena Yahya Kerschot recalls the 'Recycle, that's what you do' jingle of the early 1990s.
Three years after a law on waste separation came into effect, many Malaysians are still indifferent to the idea.
The current system does not encourage the separation of rubbish at its source as it makes no difference to the people who operate the system or the collectors and landfill operators.
Turkey ranks 108th with a score of 52.96 in the 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), produced by the Yale Centre for Environmental Law and Policy, that analyses the environmental performance of 180 nations.
The minister says a high level committee has been set up to stop the import of plastic waste.
NGOs say a clear definition of the term is needed to eliminate the use of disposable plastic by 2030.
China currently has about 50 publicly traded waste-management companies, more than a dozen with market values exceeding US$1 billion.
China claims that recycled materials from the US are contaminated.
Now, countries in Southeast Asia, already struggling with their own domestic waste problems, will have to grapple with the same issues as trash imports increase.
Local waste management experts are confident Malaysia has the capability to design manufacturing that channel waste back into the production cycle to be reused as a raw material.
Al Salam hopes her involvement in a new rubbish collection and recycling scheme that aims to alleviate the poverty of both refugees and locals and bring the two communities closer will help turn things around.
Malaysians are not aware that many electronic items contain non-biodegradable materials, but can be refurbished and used again, says an e-waste company.
Japan has its own unique methods of recycling plastic.
All over the world, people are attempting to reduce their use of plastic.
The bag, which gets customers a 20 sen rebate each time it is used, is made from a recyclable plastic that is more durable than conventional plastic bags.
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