Indonesia returning containers of waste to West

JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesia is sending back hundreds of containers of contaminated waste to the West after shipments supposedly containing plastic meant for recycling were found to hide hazardous substances, customs officials said.

Among more than 2,000 containers checked by authorities at four ports from July to mid-September, nearly 550 contained hazardous material or non-plastic waste.

More than 300 containers have already been repatriated, officials said.

“Imported waste mixed with trash or hazardous waste must be re-exported,” said Director General of Customs and Excise Heru Pambudi. Authorities were taking action against three companies involved in the shipments.