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09.06.2019 kl 16:33 1374

Ja, ingen tvil om at Frankrike er under press når det gjelder innsamling og resirkulering av plast, eller snarere mangel på sådan. De er ikke alene. Den frastøtende "strutsepolitikken" som innebærer at verdens rike nasjoner dynger ned de fattigere med sitt mest tilsmussede/giftige (plast)avfall, synger heldigvis på siste verset. Frankrike har altså på ingen måte vært alene om denne praksisen, tvert imot. Her er det imidlertid Frankrike som er i fokus. Man står som rett og rimelig for tur til å få avfallet sitt i retur fra Malaysia.



Recycling plastic at the heart of a scandal

Posted on Jun 7 2019 10:19 CLEMENT BONNET

In recent days, recycled plastic is at the heart of a great scandal. In question: tons of French waste dumped in Malaysia.


Before throwing a waste, it is the same routine: the waste in the Green trash, the plastic in the yellow and the glass in the green. If the colors can change according to the communes, the mechanics remain the same. We separate our waste because they have a different destiny. Some will be incinerated while others will be recycled to serve a new purpose. And if there is one that we are most attentive to, it is plastic. But have you ever wondered what happened to your milk bottles, yogurt pots or your grated Emmental packages? They end up in the wild, in Malaysia. "Tons of bottles, packaging, laundry cans land in illegal dumps where plastic is burned outdoors,"explains franceinfo Agnès Le Rouzic, campaign manager for oceans and plastics at Greenpeace.

This great scandal, it is highlighted by Konbini news, this Wednesday 5 June 2019, during the day "the plastic non-Merci", organized in partnership with France Inter. How can so much waste have such a destiny? Plastic recycling is outsourced by some companies and is not done in France. In 2018, "700 tonnes of domestic plastic waste" flew to Malaysia, explains konbini news citeo, the French recycling Agency. Some of this waste is found in landfills, outside the legal and traditional recycling circuit.


In recent days, recycled plastic is at the heart of a great scandal. In question: tons of French waste dumped in Malaysia.
Before throwing a waste, it is the same routine: the waste in the Green trash, the plastic in the yellow and the glass in the green. If the colors can change according to the communes, the mechanics remain the same. We separate our waste because they have a different destiny. Some will be incinerated while others will be recycled to serve a new purpose. And if there is one that we are most attentive to, it is plastic. But have you ever wondered what happened to your milk bottles, yogurt pots or your grated Emmental packages? They end up in the wild, in Malaysia. "Tons of bottles, packaging, laundry cans land in illegal dumps where plastic is burned outdoors,"explains franceinfo Agnès Le Rouzic, campaign manager for oceans and plastics at Greenpeace.

This great scandal, it is highlighted by Konbini news, this Wednesday 5 June 2019, during the day "the plastic non-Merci", organized in partnership with France Inter. How can so much waste have such a destiny? Plastic recycling is outsourced by some companies and is not done in France. In 2018, "700 tonnes of domestic plastic waste" flew to Malaysia, explains konbini news citeo, the French recycling Agency. Some of this waste is found in landfills, outside the legal and traditional recycling circuit.


Malaysia can no longer

In addition to the ecological disaster, this practice disturbs Malaysians enormously. "I find it very unfair that we are recovering all this illegal garbage dumped in our city, where we live. I hope that the rich European countries like France will stop this business which makes them believe that waste is recycled while they are sent to other countries, "says Lydia Ong, President of Sungai Petani.

What solution is available to them? Refuse the arrival of any Western waste in Malay territory. Worse still, Yeo bee yin, Minister of the Malaysian environment, decided to take drastic but nonetheless fair measures by announcing the repatriation of all European garbage cans: "stop shipping your waste to developing countries. Any waste arriving in Malaysia will be returned without any pity, "she announced on 29 May.

The recurrence of Western waste

This is not the first time that such a precedent has occurred. In 2018, China decided to dramatically reduce the import of plastic to recycle. It is therefore natural that the West has turned to Southeast Asia. The same finding for the Philippines last may, which announced that they would return tons of waste received for several years to their shipper: Canada.

A scandal that demonstrates the failure of the recycling system. Questioned on the question by Konbini news, the French Minister of ecology François de Rugy said: "Indeed, there is no doubt about the French origin, unfortunately. [...] It would be at home, we would not accept it, so there is no question of accepting it in a distant country. [...] I say stop them [to recycling companies]. And I tell them two things: those who are in the illegality, there will be no neighborhood. We're going to condemn them. And the others, even those who check that at the end, it is recycled, I will bring them together so that all companies [...] commit to cease these exports ".

Hoping that these measures can actually recycle the plastics we throw in the yellow trash, and that Malaysian and Malaysian can live in peace.

https://www.translatetheweb.com/?from=&to=en&dl=en&a=https%3A%2F%2Fnews.sfr.fr%2Factualites%2Fmonde%2Fle-recyclage-du-plastique-au-cur-dun-scandale.html

https://news.sfr.fr/actualites/monde/le-recyclage-du-plastique-au-cur-dun-scandale.html



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