> In May, the Malaysian government said it would return up to 100 tonnes of Australian waste because it was too contaminated to recycle. It was part of 450 tonnes of imported plastic waste it sent back to countries across the globe. Malaysia’s environment minister, Yeo Bee Yin, said the rubbish was infested with maggots and declared Malaysia would “fight back” and “not be the dumping ground of the world.”
It's like someone coming to pick up your old furniture to donate to Goodwill, mixing it in with bags of dog poop and selling it to them as "mixed furniture".
Of course they're going to send it back. Of course they're going to be offended that you treat them with such disrespect.
But it's untrue to say "Goodwill won't take any more furniture", they just don't want the dog poop.
I mean this specific article actually interviews someone that's added a robot machine for sorting plastic bottles. Presumably the idea is that this is economically sound, and whether it is or not, it seems like it should have been spelled out.
Feels like they wanted to leave the impression that it's uneconomic to recycle, bit didn't actually have facts to back that up.