INDONESIA’S CRACKDOWN ON WASTE IMPORTS CUTS VILLAGE INCOME
The Indonesian government’s restrictions on imported foreign waste has upset residents in the village of Bangun, who depend on waste recycling as a key source of income. Since China banned the import of foreign garbage, Indonesia has seen a surge in the arrival of waste. Last year, Indonesia imported 283,000 tons of plastic waste, up 141% from the previous year. Bangun residents depend on the revenue to send people from the village on the Haj pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia and fund schooling, livestock, and housing. Despite the economic importance, environmental groups see the increase in garbage as a public health risk for villagers. For the full story, see https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-asia-waste-indonesia-farmers/cash-for….