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Administrations ramp up efforts to eliminate plastic

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 6 2018   /  02:01 am

Amid the plastic waste crisis in the country, administrations in Greater Jakarta have stepped up efforts to ban single-use plastic bags — following in the footsteps of Bogor, West Java, which implemented the ban on Dec. 1.

Bogor Mayor Bima Arya banned shops from providing their customers with plastic bags by issuing Mayoral Regulation No. 61/2018 on the elimination of single-use plastic bags.

Bogor residents, who produce up to 1.7 tons of plastic waste every day, are now being forced to replace plastic bags with eco-friendly alternatives. They are also being urged to bring their own bags when shopping.

The Jakarta administration is set to issue a similar regulation soon, despite being less aggressive than Bogor.

Jakarta Environment Agency head Isnawa Adji said he hoped that the planned gubernatorial regulation, which will complement Jakarta Bylaw No. 3/2013 ...