‘Waste colonialism’: Govt admits it has no idea what happens to plastic shipped overseas

Plastic waste for recycling. Photo / NZME

Lydia Chai today presented a petition to Parliament’s Environment Committee calling on the Government to ban plastic waste exports to developing countries. It has the signatures of more than 11,500 people, she said.

Customs data released to the Herald shows Malaysia is the top recipient of New Zealand’s plastic waste, just ahead of Indonesia, receiving tens of thousands of tonnes in the past several years. China was previously the top recipient until it imposed a ban on most waste imports to the mainland at the start of 2017.

“It is a worse outcome for your children and not Malaysian children, is that right? This is a double standard, I feel it is really immoral,” Chai said.