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How Can We End Waste Colonialism? - Part 2

Wong Pui Yi, Research Consultant, Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) and Basel Action Network | Nabila Zulkeflee, Environmental Research Officer, Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center)

29-Apr-24 15:00

How Can We End Waste Colonialism? - Part 2

Since the late 1980s, over a quarter of a billion tonnes of plastic waste have been globally traded, disproportionately burdening developing countries with insufficient waste management capacities, while enabling developed nations to sustain high plastic consumption. Referred to as "waste colonialism," this practice leads to irreparable harm to the environment and human health in importing countries like Malaysia, now a top destination for plastic waste following China's 2018 ban. A new report by the Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) exposes corruption and regulatory loopholes exacerbating the crisis, with Malaysia importing a substantial portion of plastic waste from Japan, raising doubts about Japan's support for waste management infrastructure in Southeast Asia. With a limited recycling capacity, Malaysia struggles to manage both domestic and imported plastic waste. In a previous episode, we discussed the challenges and loopholes identified in the institutional framework governing plastic waste imports to Malaysia, and how a lack of monitoring and transparency in the recycling industry compounded the issue. In this second part, we discuss among other things, how Malaysia can learn from China and Thailand's experiences in managing plastic waste and implementing policies to reduce imports, and how to address the challenges of waste colonialism and promote sustainable waste management practices both globally and in Malaysia, with Wong Pui Yi and Nabila Zulkeflee, from the C4 Center.

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Produced by: Juliet Jacobs

Presented by: Juliet Jacobs


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Tags:  the bigger pictureearth mattersplastic pollutionwaste colonialismplastic importsplastic waste managementrecyclingzero wastecorruption INC-4Global Plastics Treatyc4 centre





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