Indonesia introduces 2% contamination limit on recycled paper and plastics

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A 2% contamination limit has been introduced on imports of recycled paper and plastics into Indonesia.

A decree by the Government allows for a tolerance of 2% contamination from non-hazardous and toxic materials.

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It also allows for a tolerance of oil content, oil emulsion, lubricating oil and grease on imports of metal as long as it is visible in small amounts and not dripping.

But the decree also announced that within six months, Indonesia will develop a roadmap that will seek to accelerate the availability of domestic raw materials from paper and plastic as a substitute for imported raw materials.

It will also seek to reduce import quota for paper and plastics in stages as domestic material availability increases.

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