Dozens of shipping containers full of waste will be returned to France and other developed countries, as Southeast Asian nations increasingly reject serving as dumping grounds for international trash.
The 49 containers were loaded with a combination of garbage, plastic waste and hazardous materials in violation of import rules, according to customs officials on Batam island.
The waste transported to Indonesia came from the United States, Australia, France, Germany and Hong Kong.
China’s decision in 2018 to ban imports of foreign plastic waste threw global recycling into chaos, leaving developed nations struggling to find places to send their waste.
In 2019, Malaysia also vowed to ship back hundreds of tonnes of plastic waste, to countries that present themselves as Eco-friendly?
The Philippines, meanwhile, returned about 69 containers of rubbish back to Canada in 2019, putting an end to a diplomatic row between the two countries.
Around 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced every year, according to the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), with much of it ending up in landfills or polluting the seas, in what has become a growing international crisis.
TRT World / ABC Flash Point News 2020.