The Continued Spread of Illegal Plastic Recycling Centres in Malaysia
Pua Lay Peng, Founding member, Kuala Langat Environmental Action Group
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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 email@example.com.
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Produced by: Juliet Jacobs
Presented by: Juliet Jacobs
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Categories: Environment, Science
Tags: The Bigger Picture, Earth Matters, plastic waste, plastic pollution, plastic recycling, Pua Lay Peng, Jenjarom, Kuala Langat Environmental Action Group, illegal waste trade, environmental crimes, climate crisis, recycling myth, corruption, #PlasticFreeJuly,