Last month Indonesia returned seven shipping containers of illegally imported waste to France and Hong Kong that were seized in Batam Island near Singapore.Those containers were loaded with a combination of garbage, plastic waste and hazardous materials in violation of import rules. The container which was meant to hold only waste paper was found having hazardous material and household trash, including used diapers, electronic waste in it and the Indonesian authorities said that they will return it to Australia.
Batam authorities were also preparing to return another 42 containers of waste, including shipments from the United States, Australia and Germany.China used to receive the bulk of scrap plastic from around the world but closed its doors to foreign refuse last year in an effort to clean up its environment.
Indonesia has shipped tonnes of Australian garbage out of the country, an official said Tuesday, as Southeast Asian nations push back against serving as dumping grounds for foreign trash.Eight containers of trash -- weighing some 210 tonnes -- left Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya on Monday aboard a cargo ship bound for Singapore, the local customs agency said.
The move comes less than a week after Australia pledged to stop exporting recyclable waste amid global concerns about plastic polluting the oceans and increasing pushback from Asian nations against accepting trash.
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