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Govt to boost scrutiny of waste imports

  • Kharishar Kahfi and Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 16 2019   /  12:11 am

The government will evaluate surveyors assigned to verify any imports of nonhazardous waste and push for a revision of the waste-import policy in the wake of recent reports of rampant plastic waste smuggling into the archipelago.The Environment and Forestry Ministry’s waste management director general, Rosa Vivien Ratnawati, said the decisions were made during a coordination meeting between various ministries and regional administrations in the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Ministry on Wednesday. “The order made during the meeting is to evaluate the independent surveyors conducting the preshipment inspection of such imports, as they are in the front line of ensuring no unneeded waste enters our country,” Rosa said after the meeting. Current policy allows the import of — among other materials — plastic waste, scrap metal and paper waste needed to support local industries.The 201...