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The waste challenge: Is Indonesia at a tipping point?

  • Ainsley Mann

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 1 2019   /  02:07 am

Every 20 minutes, the equivalent of a 10-ton truckload of plastic is dumped into the waters around Indonesia. Globally, if this problem goes unchecked, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050. In Indonesia’s case, given that base infrastructure is not keeping up with the rapid rate of urbanization, Indonesia could reach such a dubious milestone ahead of most countries. Indonesia is estimated to generate over 190,000 tons of waste every day, the majority of which is organic waste. Plastic constitutes around 25,000 tons per day of which at least 20 percent is believed to end up in rivers and coastal waters. Of the global plastic waste in the world’s oceans some figures suggest 15 percent comes from Indonesia. This is a global problem on a cataclysmic scale. Unfortunately, given Indonesia’s geography, scale and population, this country arguably faces the toughest of...