Indonesia has asked the UK to take back 1,800 tonnes of suspected contaminated waste, the Environment Agency has revealed.
In January inspectors in Jakarta found 89 waste containers exported from the UK as "scrap metal" appeared to contain liquid and other illegal mixed waste. The Environment Agency said it had begun an investigation and was working closely with Indonesian authorities. UK companies are not allowed to export contaminated waste to Indonesia. In 2011, 51 waste containers which were due to be exported were held or returned to the UK, while in 2010 the Environment Agency received 31 requests to repatriate 407 tonnes of waste.
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