According to an article by the Malaysian news service The Star, Ms. Zuraida Kamaruddin, Housing and Local Government Minister, announced the permanent ban of plastic waste import and also that Malaysia would be phasing out the import of other types of plastic within three years.
According to BIR the decision was made in a meeting last Friday between Malaysia’s Ministry of Housing and Local Government and the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
Prior to this, the Malaysian government had imposed a three-month freeze on the issuance of approved permits (AP) for the import of plastic waste.
India rumoured to increase import duties on non-ferrous scrap
According to a recently published article on the website of The Business Standard, the Government of India might be considering raising import duties for non-ferrous metal scrap to 7.5-10 per cent from the existing 2.5 per cent.