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Turning the tide on plastic

I Wayan Juniarta

The Jakarta Post

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Denpasar  /  Wed, August 14, 2019  /  05:55 pm
Turning the tide on plastic

Beachcombers: Students from different elementary schools participate in an early-morning cleanup of Bali's most famous beach of Kuta. (JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

Thousands of Hindu devotees, who in the last few days have flocked to Uluwatu temple for a major religious festival, were greeted with a new sight: a dedicated checkpoint for single-use plastic bags. At the checkpoint, pecalang (traditional Balinese security guards) and the temple custodians screened the devotees' belongings to ensure they were not carrying their offerings in single-use plastic bags. The officers “confiscated” the plastic bags and collected them into scores of gunny sacks. “A large number of devotees are still using single-use use plastic bags despite the government's ongoing campaign to ban them,” devotee Ni Made Suratni said. Prior to the start of the religious festival, the local administration, village, religious council, as well as Uluwatu temple’s custodians had issued a joint circular asking the devotees to stop wrapp...