Recently, the Malaysian government reportedly proposed to ban single-use plastics – including the distribution of bottled water and plastic-wrapped food – at government-organised events from 2020.
The proposal came amidst growing concern about the environmental damage caused by the rising amounts of plastic waste, both globally and in the country. Many surveys and reports have pointed to Malaysia being one of the biggest consumers of plastics globally. According to a 2015 study, the country reportedly ranks eighth among the largest producers of mismanaged plastic waste in the world
If that is not bad enough, China’s ban on solid waste imports in 2018 has left many countries around the world looking for an alternative dumping ground – and Malaysia finds itself becoming one such site.