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Trade Ministry promises to tighten verification on waste imports following outcry

  • Rachmadea Aisyah and Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 14, 2019   /  01:24 pm
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A 3-year-old boy helps his parents sort waste piling up in Bangun village in Mojokerto, East Java, where various kinds of imported waste end up. (JP/Sigit Pamungkas)

Amid increasing calls for stricter regulations on waste imports, the Trade Ministry said it was working on a revision to its 2016 regulation on non-hazardous waste imports to prevent a higher waste influx from other countries in the future. Speaking to journalists on Monday, a high-ranking Trade Ministry official said the revision had yet to be completed. The revision will impose strengthened verification of imported waste. “A more detailed verification by an independent surveyor team should be done to prevent unneeded waste from coming into our country,” said Trade Ministry secretary-general Karyanto Suprih, without elaborating on the changes. The current regulation actually includes a provision requiring all non-hazardous waste to be verified by an independent surveyor before being imported. The purpose of the verification is to check whether the imported package c...