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ndonesia rejects eight ‘dirty’ containers from Australia

Time:2019-07-23 16:27 Author:Suny Group

Indonesia is returning 210 tonnes of waste to Australia. Local authorities in Jakarta and Surabaya say the material is ‘too contaminated’ to be recycled.  

Eight containers full of used electronics, plastics, engine oil, and aluminium and steel cans are en route to Australia. The material quality is ‘too low’ to be accepted, according to the imports inspection crew in Indonesia’s capital and the nation’s second largest city.

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This isn’t the first time shipments have been sent back to Australia; the Philippenes and Malaysia have taken similar actions recently. The nations say they are stepping up their game to avoid becoming the ‘dumping ground’ of foreign waste following China’s import ban. Ever since, Australian entrepreneurs have called for more investments in the domestic recycling industry.

What do the stats say?

These ongoing developments will have a notable impact on the economy in Australia considering its overall waste exports increased by 5% last financial year.

Australia generates around 67 million tonnes of waste per year. A total of 37 million tonnes (55%) goes to recycling, while 3% serves energy recovery, and the rest is either landfilled or incinerated.

Around 4.3 million tonnes of waste (about 12% of national recycling and 6% of national waste generation) was exported in 2017-2018. This includes 75 000 tonnes going to China (17% of all exports and 2% of national recycling).

Market analysts conclude: ‘If Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand enacted waste import bans similar to China’s, Australia would need to find substitute domestic or export markets for approximately 1.29 million tonnes – worth AU$ 530 million – of waste a year.’

 

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