The Jakarta Post
Plastic waste fills the shoreline along Matahari Terbit Beach in Sanur, Bali, known as one of the best spots to enjoy sunrises. However, the mounting plastic waste problem has put off tourists from visiting the beach. (JP/Zul Trio Anggono)
Miss Pure International United Kingdom Rosemary Lloyd is interested in helping Bali's campaign against plastic waste, and hopes that other regions will follow.
“As we have seen on [the news] and social media, the plastic waste issue in Bali still needs attention,” Lloyd said on Tuesday in Denpasar, Bali, during a meeting with Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati.
Lloyd regretted that plastic waste had marred the island’s natural beauty.
While single-use plastic bags were permitted in Europe, she said, customers needed to purchase it, which made Europeans prefer bringing their own bags to shop.
“In our country, plastic bags are recycled using machines,” she said as quoted by Antara.
Tjokorda appreciated Lloyd’s interest in helping Bali’s fight against plastic waste, and that plastic waste was among the resort island's most critical problems.
The issue had led the local administration to issue Bali Gubernatorial Regulation No. 97/2018 that prohibited the use of plastic, including plastic straws.
“Restaurants and hotels are now using straws made from stainless steel or bamboo. Meanwhile, customers are expected to bring their own shopping bags,” he said.
Tjokorda added that Bali was the only province in Indonesia that had issued a regulation on plastic use. (jes/mut)