The rubbish was found a day earlier in scores of shipping containers at the port town of Sihanoukville and will be sent back to its origin, environment ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra told AFP. For several decades Asia has been dumping ground of electronic, plastic and other toxic wastes and following China, Malaysia, Phillipines and other countries have recently started taking measures to stop it.
The containers, opened by customs and excise officials, were labeled as "recyclable products" with no labels of plastic waste, said Pheaktra.More news: India clubbed with 2022 hosts in easy draw
Southeastern Asian countries are pushing back on Western rubbish shipments that have been arriving in droves.
The latest tonnes of rubbish were discovered on Tuesday in Cambodia's Sihanoukville port, in a large shipping container.
The complications began past year when China banned foreign plastic waste shipment imports, throwing global recycling into chaos. He added that any company found to be involved in bringing in the waste would be fined and brought to court.More news: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Confirms Loki As Playable Character
The shipments were a "serious insult", Transparency International Cambodia executive director Preap Kol said in a Facebook post. Both countries are major exporters of such waste. He also signalled Cambodia's readiness to prohibit the import of any kinds of plastic waste or other recyclables.
He said the 83 containers, which arrived over a period beginning in October 2018, contained only plastic waste, not toxic materials or radioactive substances.
Cambodian officials announced Wednesday that they were sending 1,600 tonnes of trash back to their source - the United States and Canada.More news: Nebraska's Martinez, Iowa's Epenesa land on Big Ten Media Preseason Honors list
On Wednesday, Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya told a parliamentary hearing that since last month, 57 containers of plastic garbage have been sent back to Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong and the United States, and 131 more were being checked for possible repatriation.