GLOBAL WASTE TRADE: Western countries are poisoning Indonesia.

06. December 2019 | Waste, Social, Politics | via Weforum.org

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Every 20 minutes, the equivalent of a 10-tonne truckload of plastic is dumped into the sea in Indonesia. (Credit: Reuters/Beawiharta)

 

Every day, people in Western countries in Australia, Europe and North America diligently separate their household plastic waste to be collected and sent for recycling, according to an article on Weforum.org. But much of it isn’t recycled. Instead it is exported – sometimes illegally – to Indonesia and neighbouring countries, polluting the air and affecting the health of local people.

The waste arrives by container, sometimes as a legitimate import, sometimes concealed in other shipments. And it's compounding a domestic plastics problem that generates 9 million tonnes of waste annually.

 

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