Plastic waste has become a serious environmental threat globally with grave impacts on developing countries. In 2018, China banned the import of 24 types of solid waste including plastics in effort to clean up their environment.
That year, Malaysia became the world’s top destination for plastic waste exports, importing more than 850,000 tonnes of plastic waste. Non-recyclable municipal waste from developed countries was also found dumped in the country. These led to a sharp rise in illegal recycling facilities and cases of indiscriminate burning and dumping, causing land, water, and air pollution that affected communities nationwide.
C4 Center conducted research from November 2019 to March 2021 to examine how massive amounts of plastic waste were brought into Malaysia and processed illegally, seemingly with ease. Research findings are presented in a special report, with policy briefs and webinars focusing on key areas.
C4 Center Report
Report Launch and Webinar: Malaysia is Not a “Garbage Dump”: Challenges in the Global Plastic Waste Trade and Ways Forward by C4 Center and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) (March 16, 2021)
Consider This: Plastic Waste (Part 2) – Corruption, weak regulation, lax enforcement (Astro Awani, Apr 2, 2021)
Yeo calls for ‘complete’ plastic dumping ban (The Vibes, Apr 6, 2021)
C4 Centre lends voice to growing calls for total plastic waste ban (The Vibes, Apr 9, 2021)
Political musical chairs hindering green policies, say observers (The Vibes, Apr 10, 2021)
Webinar: Malaysia is Not a “Garbage Dump”: Enhancing Monitoring and Enforcement Efforts in Kedah and Penang by C4 Center and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) (July 29, 2021)
Unable to take pollution in Sg Petani, green activist moves to Penang (Free Malaysia Today, Jul 29, 2021)
Forum calls for good strong governance in tackling imported waste (The Star, Aug 12, 2021)
Stakeholder Consultation: Stakeholder Consultation on Human Rights and Plastic Waste Imports in Malaysia by C4 Center and Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) (November 19, 2021)
Monitor borders to avoid Malaysia from becoming plastic waste dumping ground (The Malaysian Reserve, Nov 22, 2021)
Unhealthy air and plastic waste: The nexus of pollution, public health and corruption (Asia Global Online, Aug 20, 2020)
Time to clean up plastic pollution – and corruption (Malaysiakini, Jul 4, 2021)
Malaysia still grappling with 2018 imported plastic waste problems (Malay Mail, Dec 17, 2021)
Malaysia masih dibelenggu isu sisa plastik import 2018 (Astro Awani, Dec 17, 2021)
Macam mana nak selesai ni? (Harian Metro, Dec 18, 2021)
Related Podcasts and Videos
Malaysia is not a “garbage dump” (BFM, March 29, 2021)
The links between plastic pollution and corruption (BFM, Jul 12, 2021)
The Waste Trade: How Southeast Asia Become a Global Dumpyard (Mekong-ASEAN Environmental Week 2021, Part 2: Crises and Actions, Sept 26, 2021)
Good Governance That ASEAN Needs (Mekong-ASEAN Environmental Week 2021, Part 3: Redesign ASEAN, panel on “Redesign ASEAN: The Voice From the Region’s Future”, Sept 30, 2021)