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Istiqlal to continue using eco-friendly plastic bags for 'qurban'

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Jakarta  /  Wed, July 24, 2019  /  04:35 pm
Istiqlal to continue using eco-friendly plastic bags for 'qurban'

According to the mosque's public relations and protocol division head, Abu Hurairah AS, the move began four years ago. (Shutterstock/Herdik Herlambang)

The qurban (sacrificial animal) committee of Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta is set to continue using eco-friendly plastic bags to distribute meat for this year's Idul Adha on Aug. 11.

According to the mosque's public relations and protocol division head, Abu Hurairah AS, the move had begun four years ago in collaboration with Sinar Joyoboyo Plastic, an eco-friendly high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic manufacturer.

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Previously, the Jakarta Environment Agency called on all qurban committees to no longer using single-use plastic bags for meat distribution.

As reported by Antara news agency, the mosque slaughtered donated livestock annually to be sacrificed for Idul Adha, including livestock donated by the president and vice president. Twenty-four qurban were slaughtered at the mosque last year.

This year, however, Abu said the slaughtering might be limited due to the mosque's ongoing renovations. (dmy/kes)

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