JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia plans tighter rules to combat a surge in imports of plastic waste, such as a registry of trash exporters and tougher border checks, officials said on Friday.
Data from the statistics agency showed imports of plastic waste rose 141% last year to 283,000 tonnes, after a ban by China disrupted the annual global flow of millions of tonnes of waste.
Trade - Official - Oke - Nurwan - Indonesia
Trade official Oke Nurwan said Indonesia had notified 15 countries, home to key exporters, of the new checks.
“If not from a registered exporter, we will not issue a permit (for imports),” Nurwan, the director general of foreign trade at the trade ministry, told reporters.
Countries - Greenpeace - Report - April - Indonesia
He declined to name the countries but a Greenpeace report in April said most of Indonesia’s waste imports came from Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Southeast Asian nation...
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