Black sedans with government plates raced through a town near Malaysia's main seaport, flashing blue sirens as they approached rogue trash dumps.

The raid, in the town of Telok Gong this week, was among the latest efforts by officials to shut down unlicensed dumps holding plastic scrap imported from the United States and other rich countries.

"Everybody knows those dumps are illegal," said Modh Faiz Tamsir, a butcher hawking fly-covered beef in a parking lot on Telok Gong's main drag. "We don't like them."

After China, once the world's primary dumping ground, abruptly imposed restrictions on "foreign garbage" in late

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