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Anti-plastic advocates call for details on plastic excise plan

  • Rachmadea Aisyah

    The Jakarta Post

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JAKARTA   /   Wed, April 10, 2019   /  01:12 pm
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A cashier packs goods into a customer's bag at a shopping center in Denpasar, Bali. The Bali administration on Dec. 24, 2018 banned single-use plastics, including plastic bags, styrofoam and drinking straws, to reduce plastic waste in the province.(The Jakarta Post/Zul Trio Anggono)

Civil organizations and other stakeholders have called on the government to come up with a clearer action plan for the excise tax on plastics, which was introduced nearly three years ago in an effort to reduce pollution and increase state revenue. Plastic packaging is the only addition to the items subject to excise tax in the 2019 state budget. The government announced its plans to impose the tax last year, and that it expected Rp 500 billion (US$35.11 million) in state revenue from the plastic tax. Also last year, actress Nadia Mulya led an anti-plastic movement that started a petition on change.org, encouraging the Joko Widodo administration to tax plastic packaging. The petition, which is still open, had garnered 494,000 signatures out of the targeted 500,000 by April 3, 2019. Tiza Mafira, the director of ...