UK plastics found in Malaysia’s illegal dumps
The post consumer packaging that countries like UK and Australia collect and then export is ending up in locations like Malaysia where it is expected to be recycled. In some cases the recycling factories do an excellent job with difficult material. In other cases it seems that low quality or residues from recycling are not being treated correctly. The quality and approved destination of these materials and any residues needs to be carefully validated to prevent the negative impacts of illegal and damaging dumping of these materials.
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