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Indonesia accepts 2% contamination in scrap, ISRI ‘grateful’

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries applauds Indonesia’s decision that pre-export inspected metal scrap and recovered paper containing up to 2% impurities may be imported into Indonesia.

‘ISRI is grateful to the Government of Indonesia for working with us to establish a technical regulation that addresses their interests to import only specification-grade raw materials,’ comments ISRI vice president of advocacy Adina Renee Adler.

Indonesia’s decision follows two years of advocating by ISRI on behalf of the recycling industry with the Indonesian Government. In 2019, the Indonesian government told ISRI the impurities threshold would be 2% at the outset and transition to 0.5%. ISRI participated in a variety of advocacy efforts to solidify the regulation, including trips to Indonesia to brief the government and conduct training on the ISRI specifications.

The new rule is said to be effective from September.

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