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Unwanted trash: Developed nations accused of dumping hazardous, unrecyclable plastic waste in Indonesia

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 13, 2019   /  11:21 am
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An Australian flag is put upside down at the pile of imported waste in Bangun village.(JP/Sigit Pamungkas)

Environmentalists have called on the Trade Ministry to immediately revise its 2016 regulation on waste imports, saying it contains several loopholes that have turned Indonesia into a dump site for developed countries. The activists argued that even though developed nations, excluding the United States, had recently agreed to restrict global waste trade, Indonesia still needed to tighten its policies to prevent plastic waste smuggling. A Greenpeace report issued in April shows that there has been an increase in the shipment of plastic waste from developed countries to developing nations, including Indonesia, since China banned waste imports. The Chinese ban on imports of 24 types of waste material went into effect in February 2018. Waste imports to Indonesia soared from 10,000 tons per month in late 2017 to 35,000 tons per month in late 2018. According to Greenpeace data, the ...