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NGOs call on government to stop plastic waste imports

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Jakarta   /   Thu, June 27, 2019   /  05:27 pm
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Officers examine the contents of a container from abroad and find unlicensed plastic waste in it. Sixty-five containers were confiscated at Batu Ampar Port in Batam for further examination in a joint operation conducted by the Customs and Excise Office, the Batam Environmental Agency and the Forestry and Environment Ministry. The containers were supposed to contain only clean plastic scraps, but all kinds of plastics were found in them.(JP/Fadli)

The government needs to strengthen its waste import policy and follow ASEAN countries in stopping the transfer of plastic waste to reduce the influx of imported waste into the country, activists have said. The Indonesian Zero Waste Alliance, which consists of four environmental groups, namely BaliFokus, the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL), Ecological Observations and Wetlands Conservation (Ecoton) and Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), added that such enforcement would prevent the transfer of hazardous and toxic waste disguised by plastic waste. "Indonesia needs to strengthen its policy to prevent the transfer of hazardous and toxic waste," Walhi activist Nur Hidayati said during a discussion at Walhi’s office in South Jakarta recently. “[In 2015,] we were known globally as the second [highest contributor] of plastic...