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The Continued Spread of Illegal Plastic Recycling Centres in Malaysia

Pua Lay Peng, Founding member, Kuala Langat Environmental Action Group

14-Jul-21 15:00

The Continued Spread of Illegal Plastic Recycling Centres in Malaysia

Pua Lay Peng received death threats, had her home splashed with red paint, her work and life disrupted, and was accused of having nothing better to do by the authorities - all in the name of protecting her home in Jenjarom from unlicensed plastic recyclers. These illegal operators were turning the area into a toxic cauldron of pollution, whose modus operandi was to set up ad-hoc factories in quiet areas, contaminate the groundwater as they process plastic waste, and illegally dump or burn whatever they couldn’t recycle in the dead of night. In conjunction with Plastic Free July, we speak to this accidental activist about how she and other like-minded folks exposed this practice, and how they continue to fight the problem which continues to spread across Malaysia like a deadly cancer.

Ms Pua can be contacted at sgjarom2018@gmail.com.

 

Image source: Shutterstock

Produced by: Juliet Jacobs

Presented by: Juliet Jacobs


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Categories:  EnvironmentScience

Tags:  The Bigger PictureEarth Mattersplastic wasteplastic pollutionplastic recyclingPua Lay PengJenjaromKuala Langat Environmental Action Groupillegal waste tradeenvironmental crimesclimate crisisrecycling mythcorruption#PlasticFreeJuly


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