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Jakarta Post

Thousand Islands regency aims to stop sending trash to mainland amid growing waste problems

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 26, 2019   /  01:03 pm
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Garbage pollutes the shores of Panggang Island in the Thousand Islands regency. (Warta Kota/Junianto Hamonangan)

The Thousand Islands environment agency aims to stop sending trash to the mainland amid its struggle facing an increasingly dire waste problem. Not only does the regency need to deal with domestic waste from its own residents, it also has to deal with trash left by tourists who visit their islands and a massive amount of trash that is carried by the ocean currents to its beaches. “The waste problem in Thousands island is very complex because we have to deal with trash from three different sources: locals, tourists and marine debris, which mostly comes from the mainland. The waste that has drifted to our beaches amounts to 60 percent of the waste on the islets,” Riza Lestari Ningsih, staff of the Community Participation and Legal Arrangement of Thousand Island Environment Agency, said on Saturday. According to 2018 data from the agency, up to 40,000 tons of trash were fo...