‘Take your s*** from Indonesia’: Australia accused of smuggling waste to East JavaPosted on April 30, 2019 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News
Environmentalists in Indonesia claim that among the thousands of tonnes of paper bales sent to East Java are household waste items including faeces-contaminated nappies.
“Actually, according to the rules in Indonesia, plastic waste should not exceed 2 per cent of the weight of used paper imported,”
“But in fact, up to November 2018 almost 30 per cent of the paper waste we bought contained plastic waste.”
Ecoton claims it found plastic waste, including food wrappers, plastic bottles, nappies and other non-recyclable plastics, among the waste paper, some of which was labelled “Made in Australia”.
The West cannot continue to send its rubbish over seas for other people to deal with. We have to deal with our waste. Dealing with it can comprise of using less, or recycle and remanufacture other in-demand products to displace the use of virgin plastic. Or use a different material. Western countries have for far too long been shirking their responsibilities for the waste they make. We need to reorganise our waste management to deal with our waste internally. It will mean higher costs which is why any government has been to scared to tackle it. But we are now just learning the costs of not doing it and it will cost us a lot more now to adjust our economies.