Indonesia returns containers of waste to France, Hong Kong
Jakarta: Indonesia has returned seven shipping containers of illegally imported waste to France and Hong Kong, an official said, marking the latest move by a South-east Asian nation to send back rubbish to their wealthy places of origin. 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.
“The containers left on Monday and some officials were there to see the ship depart,” head of local custom office Susila Brata told AFP on Tuesday.
Earlier, customs spokesperson Sumarna told AFP that five containers were destined for Hong Kong and two were headed back to France.