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11 Dec 2019 - Indonesia has become a dumping ground for plastic from Australia, Europe and North America. The waste is burned as fuel by local communities, causing respiratory illness and other long-term health problems for people who inhale the polluted smoke. Research shows pollutants have contaminated Indonesia's food chain.

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. 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.

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/12/plastic-waste-indonesia-pollution-health/

IMAGE: Reuters-Plastic is burned on a large scale to ease Indonesia’s overflowing rubbish dumps. 

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Publication date: 
11/12/2019
Publication Organisation: 
World Economic Forum (WEF)
Publication Author: 
Johnny Wood
Thematic Area: 
Marine pollution
Country/ies: 
Indonesia
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