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Indonesia to establish 2 percent materials contamination threshold

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In 2019, the Indonesian government told ISRI the impurities threshold would be 2 percent at the outset and transition to 0.5 percent in two years.

Following two years of advocating on behalf of the recycling industry with the Indonesian Government, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) applauds the Ministry of Trade in Indonesia on their affirmation that pre-export inspected recycled commodities, specifically metals and paper, may be imported into Indonesia with an up to 2 percent impurities threshold. 

"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," said ISRI Vice President of Advocacy Adina Renee Adler. "Our members also received tremendous support from the U.S. embassy throughout the process, and we thank them for their hard work and support."

In 2019, the Indonesian government told ISRI the impurities threshold would be 2 percent at the outset and transition to 0.5 percent in two years. ISRI and members 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 with testing, inspection, and certification provider Cotecna.

The rule is expected to go into effect in September.

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