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RI world’s second-biggest plastic waste contributor

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

West Manggarai   /   Wed, June 8 2016   /  07:16 am
Souvenirs: Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti (left) inspects model Komodo dragons sold at the Komodo National Park in West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara.(JP/Markus Makur)(left) inspects model Komodo dragons sold at the Komodo National Park in West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara.(JP/Markus Makur)

Souvenirs: Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti (left) inspects model Komodo dragons sold at the Komodo National Park in West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara.(JP/Markus Makur)Indonesia produces 260 million tons of plastic waste a year, making it the second-biggest contributor of plastic waste in the world after China, a minister says.

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said Indonesian waters would be full of plastic waste in the future if fishermen continued to dump garbage into the sea and urbanites did the same in rivers.

“Garbage dumped into rivers across Indonesia ends up in the sea and piles up. When it gets caught on reefs, fish and shrimp will definitely not lay eggs there,” Susi told a gathering of hundreds of fishermen in Labuan Bajo subdistrict, Komodo district, West Manggarai regency, Flores Island, East Nusa Te...