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Jakarta Post

Toxic waste smuggling takes toll on industry

  • Kharishar Kahfi and Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Batam   /   Fri, July 12 2019   /  01:04 am
Enggartiasto Lukita (JP/Jerry Adiguna)(JP/Jerry Adiguna)

Enggartiasto Lukita (JP/Jerry Adiguna)The plastics industry has begun to feel the pinch of the government’s crackdown on imports of plastic scraps, which are frequently smuggled into the country along with hazardous and toxic waste.Plastic tray producer PT Royal Citra Bersama, one of the companies whose containers were deemed illegal for containing toxic waste, abandoned operations on July 6, leaving 300 of its laborers unemployed.Upon visiting one of its plastic scrap processing plants in Batam, Riau Islands, on July 8, The Jakarta Post found a deserted factory with locked doors. An announcement written on a piece of paper on the factory’s front gate says that all operations ceased on July 6.A security guard identified as Markus was the only person found at the location.“I was told to guard this plant, while all workers were sent home because we don’t have enough materials for o...