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Local plastic diet gets boost from central government

  • Ivany Atina Arbi and Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 7 2018   /  12:59 am

Indonesia, the biggest plastic polluter in the world after China, plans to provide funds for cities and regencies to significantly reduce plastic waste in their respective areas.

The plan was revealed by the Environment and Forestry Ministry in front of representatives from 365 cities and regencies across the country, who were attending the fifth national working meeting on waste management earlier this week.

The ministry’s director general for waste management, Rosa Vivien Ratnawati, said the regional incentive funds from the Finance Ministry would be disbursed to 11 selected cities and regencies next year.

Each city and regency would receive up to Rp 11 billion (US$772,013) to develop waste-management programs in their areas. Among the recipients are Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan, Balikpapan in East Kalimantan, Cimahi in West Java, Makassar in South Sulawesi an...