Indonesia to ship contaminated waste back to UK

March 16, 2012

Almost 2,000 tonnes of contaminated waste seized in Indonesia is to be shipped back to Britain authorities announced yesterday.

Ninety containers exported from the UK as "scrap metal" were illegally packed with liquid and mixed waste investigators said.

The UK’s Environment Agency said Indonesian authorities have requested repatriation of the containers, which could take a month to send back. The containers are due to be released for repatriation at the end of March.

Andy Higham, who is leading investigations for the agency, said: "We are working closely with the Indonesian authorities to establish the facts of this case. Illegal waste exports risk harm to human health and the environment in the country of export, it also undermines law-abiding recycling businesses back home.