Indonesia’s crackdown on foreign imported waste has disturbed the village of Bangun, where inhabitants say they gain more cash sorting through trash stacks than growing rice in one-time paddy fields.
Indonesia, overwhelmed by a spike in waste tariffs after China closed its doors to foreign waste, tightened import regulations and customs checks and returned hundreds of tons of foreign waste.
Green organizations commended the crackdown, but citizens in Bangun say that a main source of revenue will be wiped out by limiting waste from nations like the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Villagers are looking to sell plastic and aluminum to recycling companies. Tofu manufacturers also purchase waste when producing soy-based food to burn as fuel.
Masud said the cash from trash sorting is used to finance actions like sending villagers on the Haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia’s holiest locations of Islam.
Research by the green group ECOTON discovered that 5 million individuals in the region had polluted groundwater in Bangun and 5 million individuals in the neighboring river Brantas used for drinking water.
Last year, Indonesia imported 283,000 tons of plastic waste, up 141% from the previous year. According to a 2015 research, the nation is the second largest contributor of plastic pollutants in the oceans of the world.
Indonesia produces 105,000 tons of strong municipal waste every day in metropolitan regions, with only 15% recycling, a June study from the World Bank said. Many town landfills are close to capacity and there are often rubbish strewn beaches around the archipelago.
Indonesia produces 105,000 tons of strong municipal waste every day in metropolitan regions, with only 15% recycling, a June study from the World Bank said.
Many town landfills are close to capacity and there are often rubbish strewn beaches around the archipelago.
Indonesia has initiated a $1 billion plan to decrease marine plastic debris by 70% by 2025, but it is uncertain how much progress has been made.
The state is behind timetable for the establishment of waste-to-energy plants, while the plastic sector is facing a plan to impose a tax on plastic bags.