Asia Recycling Waste Management

BBC Unveils The Criminal Practices of Recycling in Malaysia

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall finds UK plastic waste abandoned in Malaysia For his series War on Plastic.

BBC One presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall visited a recently closed recycling plant in Malaysia. There, among the abandoned materials, Hugh found plastics from the UK.


  • Some people believe that recycling works well; others aren’t.
  • What is at stake?
    • A lot of money is involved;
    • The survival of the recycling industry.
  • When unverified facts or assumptions are converted into some kind of truth, recognised and enforced by an authority, they become ‘social conventions’.
  • Do you think ‘plastic recycling’ is or should become a social convention?