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Despite environmental awareness, trash problem lingers

  • Jessicha Valentina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 12 2019   /  12:31 am

Waste management problems have long plagued Indonesia. A 2015 study by the Environment and Forestry Ministry showed that the country produced 175,000 tons of waste daily.People have slowly become more aware of the issue and started to take part in managing their waste.Local companies from various industries, such as makeup brand BLP Beauty and food and beverage company Sarirasa Group, have launched zero-waste campaigns and stopped providing plastic bags. Several companies have also started offering eco-friendly products, such as Avani Eco with its biodegradable cassava bags, paper straws and food packaging made from organic materials.In a survey conducted by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Indonesia and Nielsen in 2017, 63 percent of Indonesian consumers were willing to consume eco-friendly products with a higher price.Mohammad Bijaksana “Sano” Junerosano, founder of Bekasi...