East Java's Tanjung Perak customs and excise is now withholding eight containers shipped from Australia after it was known to be filled with scrap paper contaminated by household waste and hazardous waste.
Just last week, Indonesia announced that it would send back 49 containers of banned garbage to the United States, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Australia.
The imported waste paper is often used as a raw material for industries. Ltd from the Port of Brisbane, Australia, and arrived at the port of Tanjung Perak on June 12.
Referring to this finding, the Environment and Forestry Ministry has recommended that this imported waste from Australia be shipped back to the country.
Indonesia is sending dozens of containers of waste back to Western nations after finding it was contaminated with used diapers, plastic and other materials, adding to a growing backlash in Southeast Asia against being a dumping ground for the developed world's rubbish.More news: Prime to show World Cup final
The first finding was recorded in early June in which waste from the United States of America evidently contained B3 materials.
China's decision a year ago to ban imports of foreign plastic waste threw global recycling into chaos, leaving developed nations struggling to find places to send their waste. No other sanctions were planned, he said.
Cheryl Katz revealed in her article published in the Yale Environment 360 (2019) that "over the coming decades, as many as 111 million tons of plastic will have to find a new place to be processed or otherwise disposed of as a result of China's ban".
Indonesian officials on Tuesday announced a full inspection has found that the shipment of paper also included motor oil containers, old CDs, a television set top box and a remote control. Considering the importance of this issue, environmentalists had even raised the issue of imported plastic waste on the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand.
Officials said the waste was sent to Surabaya by Sydney-based waste and recycling company, Oceanic Multitrading.More news: Ekta's Balaji Telefilms apologises on Kangana's behalf
The Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation (Ecoton), an Indonesian environmental group, said plastic trash imported from developed countries has polluted the Brantas river in East Java province.
Indonesian law decrees that shipments found to contain contaminants must be sent back to their country of origin.
Last month, Indonesia sent back a load of Canadian paper waste, imported via the United States, because it was contaminated with plastic, rubber and nappies.
Directorate General of Customs spokesman Deni Surjantiro said the 49 containers to be repatriated from Batam were among 65 containers of waste inspected at the port.More news: Amazon Prime Day Concert