Several mosques across Java, with support from governors, have adopted a plastic ban in distributing qurban (sacrificial) meat during Idul Adha the Day of Sacrifice, which fell on Sunday, August 11, 2019.
Wealthier Muslims shared thousands of meat packages in besek (containers made of plaited bamboo) and other ecofriendly packaging for qurban meat instead of plastic bags.
The Jalan Kenari, Senen, neighborhood’s qurban committee head, Ahmad Ibnu Batutah, said residents had gotten the besek from a donor.
“We received 300 sets of besek. We decided to use the containers and lids separately, so we actually have 600 besek in total,” he said.
Meanwhile, the management of Istiqlal Mosque also decided to use besek after previously announcing it would use ecofriendly plastic bags to distribute qurban meat. However, it still used plastic to wrap the meat before placing it inside a besek.
The use of ecofriendly packaging for qurban meat has also spread outside the capital.
In Surabaya, East Java, the management of Al Akbar Mosque used besek and teak leaves, a method also used by the qurban committee for SMP 3 state junior high school in Malang. In Blitar, also in East Java, the Blitar Police used 500 besek, while Miftahul Jannah Mosque used 1,000 besek and banana leaves.
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