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Environment and Forestry Minister, Siti Nurbaya., Jakarta – Indonesia will re-export illegal plastic waste entering the country, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya said, following news of the illegal import of plastic waste in Gresik, East Java.

“The waste that enters Indonesia, which has plastic, is definitely not legal. And basically the provisions are there, therefore we will perform a re-export,” Nurbaya said in Jakarta on Monday (10/6/2019).

The import of illegal plastic waste is not a new problem. From 2015 to 2016, Indonesia re-exported dozens of containers of plastic waste.

According to Nurbaya, the steps for re-exporting are currently being discussed at the level of director general of related ministries, including Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, the Trade Ministry, as well as the Finance Ministry’s Customs and Excise Office.

Waste in the form of plastic chips mixed with paper that cannot be recycled, as well as plastic waste whose shapes vary in the form of bottles, sachets, food packaging, personal care and household products, have been found in Gresik.

According to Indonesian Center for Environmental Law researcher Fajri Fadillah, imports of plastic waste in Gresik are prohibited and punishable as crimes, based upon Article 29 Paragraph (1) Letter B, in conjunction with Article 37 Paragraph (1) of Law Number 18 Year 2008 concerning Waste Management.

“Officials must investigate the case of importing plastic waste. In addition, the Trade Minister must revoke import approvals for paper producer importers who do not report the plastic waste they import. Furthermore, applications for import approvals must be reviewed by the Trade Minister by consulting the Environment and Forestry Ministry,” Fadillah said.

He also said that the implementation of two rules regarding imported waste, Law Number 18 of 2008 concerning Waste Management and Minister of Trade Regulation (Permendag) Number 31 / M-DAG / PER / 5/2016 concerning Import of Non-Hazardous and Toxic Waste to control the import of waste, needs to be monitored.

“The government needs to re-evaluate companies that have plastic and paper scrap import licenses, to learn whether they are acting in accordance with licensing, and whether their practices pollute the environment,” Fadillah said.

In 2018, data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) showed an increase of 141 percent (283,152 tons) in imports of plastic waste in Indonesia.

This figure was the highest for imports of plastic waste in the past 10 years. In 2013, the import of plastic waste was some 124,433 tons. However, the increase in imports is not in balance with export figures, as export figures declined 48 percent (98,450 tons) in 2018.

This figure indicates that there are 184,702 tons of waste still in Indonesia, beyond the burden of domestic waste management in the country itself, Fadillah said.

Environmental activist from Bali Fokus, Mochamad Adi Septiono, also said that Indonesia should anticipate the impact of China’s National Sword policy, which strictly limits the import of plastic waste. China previously took in 45.1 percent of the world’s waste, but since March 2018 it has limited imports of garbage.

“The garbage produced by countries such as America is usually sent to China, now that China has implemented its policy, ASEAN countries, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, are being targeted,” he said. (vir)

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Pupuk Indonesia also won an award from Warta Ekonomi Magazine in the 2019 Indonesia Partnership and Community Development Program Award : Synergy for Building the Country., Jakarta – Fertilizer company PT Pupuk Indonesia was named Indonesia’s Most Creative Company in 2019 by SWA Magazine at the Best Outstanding Innovator (OCI) and Indonesia Most Creative Company 2019 award.

In a press release received here on Wednesday (19/6/2019), the award was given by SWA Chief General Kemal Gani and Executive Director of PPM Management Bramantyo Ilham to the Head of Corporate Communications of PT Pupuk Indonesia Wijaya Laksana during a ceremony here on Monday (June 17/6) evening.

“This award was achieved thanks to hard work and company loyalty through creative ideas and innovation. This achievement will also motivate employees to always innovate in overcoming challenges in their respective companies,” Wijaya said.

Fertilizer Indonesia, as one of the largest fertilizer companies in the Asia Pacific market, is considered successful in creating cooperation between companies in the fertilizer sector in order to increase efficiencies so that the products produced have high competitiveness.

Not long ago, Pupuk Indonesia also won an award from Warta Ekonomi Magazine in the 2019 Indonesia Partnership and Community Development Program Award: Synergy for Building the Country.

As an Investment Holding Company which houses 10 agrochemical and petrochemical companies, PT Pupuk Indonesia has a serious focus in strengthening the culture of quality and competitiveness through the development of innovation and productivity in each of its subsidiaries. (ade)

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Director General of Land Transportation, Ministry of Transportation, Budi Setyadi., Jakarta – The Ministry of Transportation conducted a study to ensure that rest areas are used at their maximum levels on toll roads, while not impacting traffic congestion when there is a surge in the volume of vehicles.

“Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi told me that he had the idea of optimizing the rest areas by expanding the number of vehicles, while not impacting congestion,” said Director General of Land Transportation, Ministry of Transportation, Budi Setyadi, here on Wednesday (19/6/2019).

The instructions delivered by the Minister of Transportation includes the creation of rest areas that offer refueling and toilet services, without the presence of food and beverage centers.

“The Minister asked for large rest areas that could accommodate many vehicles, and would be sufficient for refueling services, but not for food and so on. This is in our review process,” he said.

Budi said, a number of existing rest areas are currently located on large enough land so that they only need development of their facilities.

They also are considering a plan to close a number of toll road rest areas, which are believed to trigger congestion.

“When the homecoming and return takes place, many people stop at rest areas. So there is an idea to close the rest area on kilometers 62, 52 and 42 of the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road,” he said.

Budi said the effort to reduce traffic around the rest areas by the new PT Jasa Marga operator at the traffic management level included limiting the entry of vehicles, as well as imposing a ban on heavy tonnage vehicles in rest areas.

The Head of the Traffic Corps of the Indonesian National Police, Inspector General Refdi Andri, said alternative rest areas were needed to anticipate congestion.

Alternative rest areas will only provide certain facilities, such as gas stations and toilets. Unlike main rest areas that also offer food and snacks. (eli)

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The meeting coincided with the 23rd meeting of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Cargo Security Working Group (CSWG)-Information Exchange and Aviation Cyber Security Resilience Workshop., Kuala Lumpur – National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia was elected chairman of the 35th meeting of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Security Committee (SC) held in Kuala Lumpur from June 12 to 14, 2019.

“PT Garuda Indonesia Vice President for Corporate Security Santoso led the Garuda Indonesia delegation while in Kuala Lumpur from June 12 to 15, 2019,” Garuda Indonesia General Manager for Malaysia Fredrik Kasiepo said here on Sunday (16/6/2019).

The meeting coincided with the 23rd meeting of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Cargo Security Working Group (CSWG)-Information Exchange and Aviation Cyber Security Resilience Workshop.

On the sidelines of the meetings, chief of the Garuda Indonesia delegation paid a visit to the check-in counter and operational activities at Kuala Lumpur Internasional Airport (KLIA).

Santosa said the event directly gave updated information about aviation security especially in the Asia-Pacific region and improved airline companies’ knowledge of effective security yardstick which can be applied to their operations.

“It is special pride not only for Garuda Indonesia but also for the Indonesian nation that this year Garuda Indonesia enjoyed the trust to lead the AAPA Security Committee (SC) Meeting,” he said.

The meeting brought together all airlines members, and IATA & US Transport Security Administration (TSA) representative. (asn)

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