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Jakarta calls for plastic-free Idul Adha celebration

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 30, 2019   /  09:49 am
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A cattle vendor feeds his livestock that are on sale for the Idul Adha celebration in Jakarta on July 10.(Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)

A common sight during the celebration of Idul Adha (the Islamic Day of Sacrifice) in nearly every mosque and community area in Jakarta may involve tons of kresek (single-use plastic bags) to contain the slaughtered meat to be distributed to residents. Cheap and convenient, kresek have long been the go-to carrier for many residents on many occasions, including Idul Adha. However, for this year’s celebration, which is to fall on Aug. 11, different carriers may replace the popular plastic bags as environmental consciousness is being encouraged in a bid to up the fight against the plastic waste plaguing the capital city. Of the city's daily 7,500 tons of waste , 30 percent is plastic. The Jakarta administration has issued a circular suggesting Muslims distribute the qurban (sacrifice) meat using eco-friendly packaging. In the announcement disseminated by the Jakarta Enviro...