Brantas River Floods of Imported Plastic Waste, BRACSIP Demands Five Countries to Collect Their Plastic Waste at Brantas. BRACSIP (Brantas River Coalition To Stop Imported Plastic Trash)
Microplastic contamination is a danger for brantas rivers, 80% of the fish in their stomach are microplastic.
Microplastic is donated by one of the paper companies that uses recycled paper from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, the effluent 11 paper industry containing microplastic even PT.Mekabok International is knowing its effluent containing 3800 microplastic particles/liter.
There are 5 installations of water company (PDAM) in the downstream Brantas that use Brantas river water with more than 5 million users of clean water.
11 the paper industry in the Brantas river uses imported used paper raw materials mixed with household plastic waste, and since 2019 plastic waste contamination has reached 30% above fairness (<2%).
Plastic household waste is prohibited entering to Indonesia (UU 18/2008 and Permendag 31/2016), but the party department’s findings show household waste such as personal care (toothpaste, sachet sampho, soap packs, diapers etc.), food packaging (bottles disposable drinks, chocolate wrap soft drinks, snack packs, dog food, ready-to-eat food), household products (floor cleaning bags, etc.) for clothes, shoes, and various kinds of domestic waste) they come from the United States, Australia , Canada, New Zealand and England. The party department also found documents of loading from the country / port name and name of the company that exports and imports garbage in Longbeach California, Sydney, Brisbane, Tokoroa (New Zealand) and Rotterdam.
Disposal of domestic waste to Indonesia from rich countries. This is truly unfair and insulting to Indonesia’s dignity, because Indonesia has been accused of being the largest garbage contributor in ASEAN and number two globally and has a poor waste management system but “civilized” countries in managing waste actually dispose of their plastic waste in Indonesia.
The behavior of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Britain must be investigated and given strict sanctions because the behavior of disposing of garbage to neighboring countries is irresponsible and “impolite”.
BRACSIP rejects the import of plastic waste and asks five countries that send waste to collect their waste and carry out environmental recovery due to the impact of plastic waste disposal in the brantas watershed, including the recovery of water, air and soil quality.
The Government of the Republic of Indonesia closes the door to import plastic waste.