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China's plastic ban makes Malaysia a little worried--Acrylic Optical Lenses

by:Eugenia     2022-01-10
According to a Reuters report on October 25, affected by China's 'foreign garbage' ban, Malaysia has now become the main alternative destination. In the first seven months of this year, the country imported nearly 500,000 tons of plastic waste from the top 10 sources of “foreign garbage”.   However, the large amount of plastic waste and waste gas from burning plastics worry the government of this country. However, rejecting these 'foreign garbage' means rejecting businesses worth billions of dollars. The Malaysian government is quite embarrassed.   It is reported that hundreds of bags of plastic waste from the United States, Britain, South Korea, Spain and other countries are stacked on the streets of the Indah Island Industrial Zone in Malaysia.  Indah Island is only an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and is also the location of Malaysia’s largest port. In Malay, Indah means 'beautiful islandOf Malaysian towns. The stench of burning plastic and unloaded plastic waste flood the island.   reported that the reason for the sudden increase in the country’s “foreign rubbish” was related to China’s ban, and Malaysia quickly became the main alternative destination for these “foreign rubbish”. In the first seven months of this year, the country imported nearly 500,000 tons of plastic waste from the top 10 sources of “foreign garbage”.   Reuters stated that Malaysia has opened dozens of plastic recycling factories to treat these wastes, but many of them do not have business licenses and use low-end waste treatment technologies, which will pollute the environment.   In the Indah Island Industrial Zone, Reuters saw nearly 12 recycling factories, many of which have no signs or company names. Government data show that only two factories in the area have licenses to import plastic waste.  According to an official announcement, the larger of these factories was closed in August this year due to lack of a license, but workers and nearby residents said that the factory reopened within a few weeks. The British 'Daily Mail' quoted Greenpeace’s environmental media 'Unearthed' as a report on the 22nd. According to data from the Royal Taxation and Customs Administration, the export of plastic waste from the UK to Malaysia from January to April this year increased compared to the same period last year. About 3 times. Malaysia has replaced China as the largest country to receive British plastic waste. According to Reuters, in the first seven months of this year, Malaysia’s imports of plastic waste from its 10 largest sources jumped to 456,000 tons, compared with 316,600 tons in 2017 and 168,500 tons in 2016.   Faced with the ever-increasing 'foreign garbageAccording to Malaysia’s “Sing Chew Network” report, on July 24 this year, the Minister of Housing and Local Government Zuleida announced that the issuance of plastic waste import permits will be frozen for 3 months from now; “Guanghua Daily” also reported in September. Since October 23 this year, Malaysia has begun to impose a 15 ringgit (about 25 yuan) per ton of plastic waste import tax on the industry.  Zulaida pointed out that after the end of the freeze period for the issuance of plastic waste import licenses, the licensing regulations will be strengthened to allow relevant departments to strictly and facilitate supervision. Among them, the collection of import taxes is one of the measures.   She said that taxation is a considerable income for the government, and according to the original regulations, there is no import tax. Keywords: Acrylic Optical Lenses
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