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Some 200 tons of hazardous waste turned back to Australia

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Jakarta   /   Fri, September 27, 2019   /  08:09 am
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Jakarta Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. I Gede Nyeneng (left) shows plastic waste from one of the nine containers filled with contaminated waste at Koja container terminal in North Jakarta on Sept. 18. The waste was sent back to Australia.(JP/Robert Yota)

During the first six months of this year, hundreds of containers filled with waste from abroad claimed to be non-hazardous have entered Indonesia through a number of seaports but it was discovered later that forbidden toxic materials were also mixed in with them. “After a collaborative inspection by the Environment and Forestry Ministry and the Customs and Excise Directorate General on hundreds of containers filled with permitted nonhazardous waste, we discovered that some of them were mixed with toxic waste. This is a serious concern if not stopped immediately since Indonesia will then be a dumping ground for waste from other countries,” said the ministry's director of nonhazardous trash and toxic waste Ahmad Gunawan Widjaksono at Koja container terminal, North Jakarta last week. The seaports include Tanjung Perak in Surabaya, East Java; Batu Ampar in Bat...