As a developing country with a burgeoning middle class population, Indonesia has become one of the world’s largest markets for electronics. According to the latest survey from the Indonesian Internet Providers Association (APJII), almost 133 million Indonesians had access to the internet last year through their smartphones and computers.

by Corry Elyda

Almost a decade after Indonesia passed a law on waste management, the country still faces the extremely pressing problem of electronic waste. The Jakarta Post’s Corry Elyda examines why the government remains powerless. As a developing country with a burgeoning middle class population, Indonesia has become one of the world’s largest markets for electronics. According to the latest survey from the Indonesian Internet Providers Association (APJII), almost 133 million Indonesians had access to the internet last year through their smartphones and computers. The people’s thirst for latest gadgetry models means they would replace their cellular phones every 18 – 24 months or so. If you ever wondered where the scrapped mobile phones, PCs, tablets, TV sets and home appliances could possibly end up, you may well be surprised: The old electronics have nowhere to go to...