The mountain of plastic includes cables from the UK, compact discs from Bangladesh and household waste from the US.
Sixty shipping containers filled with contaminated waste had been smuggled into illegal processing facilities in the country, said environment minister Yeo Bee Yin.
She showed reporters the waste at Port Klang, outside the capital Kuala Lumpur.
Ten containers will be sent back within two weeks, said the environment minister as the country takes action to avoid becoming a dumping ground for rich countries.
Sky News reported last year how two-thirds of the UK’s plastic recycling is transported to sites across the world, often in the developing world.
It is often more lucrative to export the plastic than process it domestically because land and labour are cheaper abroad.
But the reality is that once it leaves our shores no one really checks whether it is recycled and the National Audit Office has said it could in fact end up in landfill.
There are concerns the system of exporting waste could be inflating the UK’s recycling rates and failing to channel investment into recycling facilities here.
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