Indonesia returns containers of waste to France, Hong Kong

Indonesia has returned 5 shipping containers of illegally imported waste to Hong Kong and and two to France. The containers were loaded with a combination of garbage, plastic waste and hazardous materials in violation of import rules, according to customs officials on Batam Island.

Authorities were still waiting for clearance to return another 42 containers of waste at the port, including shipments from US, Australia, and Germany.
China closed its doors to foreign refuse last year and huge quantities of waste have since been redirected to SE Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Around 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced every year, according to the WWF, with much of it ending up in landfills or polluting the seas, in what has become a growing international crisis.

(CNA)