By BERNAMA / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
The Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) has not approved any plastic waste import licence (AP) to any company since it was frozen in July last year.
Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin (picture) said even though the ministry set a three-month moratorium on issuing plastic waste AP, it has yet to issue any approval to date to ensure the new procedures set by KPKT would be complied by the industry.
“Before this, there were 114 companies holding plastic waste AP but only 54 were active and from the total, only eight really complied with the conditions stipulated. Now, all of them have to reapply according to the new procedures and conditions.
“After the AP application was reopened, only 19 companies applied and the ministry will study whether the 19 companies are eligible to be issued plastic waste AP,” she told reporters after a raid on an illegal factory alleging to be recycling plastic waste in Sungai Petani Industrial Area on Saturday.
She called on all illegal plastic waste recycling factories to stop their operations until they obtained their licence.
In July last year, KPKT announced freezing plastic waste AP following serious incidents of pollution in Kuala Langat, Selangor, from illegal factories processing imported plastic waste. — Bernama