Eight more containers of 'toxic' rubbish to be sent back to Australia

Surabaya: Indonesia's Customs agency has seized 210 tonnes of "toxic" garbage at the port in Surabaya and is preparing to ship eight containers of material back to Australia.

The Age and Sydney Morning Herald revealed last week that a container of contaminated plastic waste in the Indonesian port of Batam would be sent back to Australia after being exported by recycling giant Visy.

It can now be revealed the eight containers of waste in Surabaya, which were supposed to contain paper for recycling but which also had mixed plastic waste and other contaminants inside, were sent from Brisbane and arrived in Indonesia on June 12.


Indonesian Customs official Dhion Priharyanto holds up a used nappy, soft drink containers and a plastic of organic raspberries mixed in with paper that was supposed to be recycled. Instead, it will be sent back to Australia.

Indonesian Customs official Dhion Priharyanto holds up a used nappy, soft drink containers and a plastic of organic raspberries mixed in with paper that was supposed to be recycled. Instead, it will be sent back to Australia.