Row over British plastic ‘dumped’ in Malaysia intensifies

The BBC has hit back after Malaysian authorities were reported to have accused the broadcaster of being wrong about British plastic waste being dumped at a site in the south-east Asian country - a discovery it made while filming its War on Plastic programme, due to air next week.

In one episode, celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall despairs at finding broken bales of mixed plastics piled high at a site near the town of Ipoh, including UK pots, tubs and trays from kerb-side recycling and ripped British council recycling bags.

But in reports from Malaysia local officials and the site operator denied the material was dumped, instead saying the site was a legitimate, licensed industrial park and that the plastic was intended to be recycled or used as refuse derived fuel (RDF).

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