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Jakarta Post

Businesses divided over plastic excise plan

  • Rachmadea Aisyah

    The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Sun, July 14, 2019   /  01:41 pm
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Plastic men: Two people dressed up in used plastic bags participate in a plastic bag diet campaign during Car Free Day on Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta in December, last year.(The Jakarta Post/P.J.Leo )

Businesspeople are divided over a government proposal to impose an excise on plastic bags, which is currently being deliberated by the House of Representatives. Representing the local manufacturing sector, Tommy Tjiptadjaja, chairman of the Association of Indonesia Green Industry and Society (AMIHN), voiced his support of the excise plan despite his initial doubts. “We on the industrial side have opened our eyes and understand that the externalities of this excise go beyond the state revenue,” Tommy told a press briefing on Friday. “Because in reality, we still do not have a proper culture, system or infrastructure to overcome this plastic trash issue.” He further emphasized that the excise would not serve as the only solution to the issue, advising stakeholders to keep that in mind in order to make the plan more agreeable. Tommy also expressed his bel...