Environment and Forestry Ministry’s Director-General of Law Enforcement Rasio Ridho Sani: Re-export, or deal with the law
The directorate-general of law enforcement at the environment and forestry ministry formed a special task force to deal with the problems of plastic waste import.
THE ministry’s Director-General for Law Enforcement, Rasio Ridho Sani, promised to prosecute the importer of plastic waste. Tempo interviewed him in February. Excerpts:
Will the environment ministry enforce law against all companies importing garbage that are contaminated with waste materials?
The problem is about the import of plastic and paper waste to Indonesia. Customs received reports about miss-match. Therefore, they asked the environment ministry to help check the imported waste. For New Harvestindo, the plan is to re-export the waste, returning the containers to the countries of origin, all 1,078 of them.
How did these garbage manage to enter Indonesia? Shouldn’t there have been checks conducted by surveyors?
There should be. We do not know what happened. You have to ask the surveyors.
The thousands of garbage-carrying containers belonging to New Harvestindo have been sitting at the port for almost a year, but they are not re-exported still.
If the re-export is not done, we will take legal actions.
How the government will do that?
If there are indications of crimes, we will prosecute them. So far they have a plan to return the waste to the originating countries. There is a mechanism for that, adhering to the Basel Conference.
The companies are complaining that the detainment of their containers are causing troubles to their businesses.
We are upholding the law. We have to protect our country—prevent it from being made into a waste disposal.