In 2018, when enforcement authorities in Selangor cracked down on illegal plastic recycling factories, many of these operators shifted north.
How did the authorities in Penang and Kedah address this problem?
Besides plastic waste, other waste materials are also entering Malaysia – scrap non-ferrous metals, copper, paper, non-hazardous electrical and electronic assemblies, and tyres, among others.
Many facilities processing these materials are found flouting environmental laws; several have caused massive fires.
What are authorities doing to address these serious issues of pollution? What can local communities do?
The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) held an online forum to discuss these issues and develop a joint understanding of how to better protect the environment and human health.
View the forum here.