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16 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Indonesia returns five containers of waste to the US

AFP, Jakarta

Indonesia has returned five containers of rubbish to the United States and will not become a “dumping ground”, officials said Saturday, the latest Southeast Asian country to return imported waste. The containers were supposed to contain only paper scrap, according to the customs documents. Instead they were loaded with other waste including bottles, plastic waste, and diapers, said senior environment ministry official Sayid Muhadhar.

“This is not appropriate and we don’t want to be a dumping ground,” Muhadhar told AFP.

The five containers—owned by a Canadian company—were shipped from Seattle in the United States to Indonesia’s second biggest city Surabaya in late March, Muhadhar said.

It was not immediately clear where the rubbish originated from.

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