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Norway launches new initiative to reduce plastic pollution in ASEAN

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah

  /   Wed, December 11 2019   /  02:10 am
New initiative: ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi (center, sitting) and Norwegian Ambassador to ASEAN Morten Høglund (fourth left, sitting) pose with various ambassadors to ASEAN during the launch of new initiative ASEANO to reduce plastic pollution in Jakarta on Monday. (JP/Veeramalla Anjaiah)(center, sitting) and Norwegian Ambassador to ASEAN Morten Høglund (fourth left, sitting) pose with various ambassadors to ASEAN during the launch of new initiative ASEANO to reduce plastic pollution in Jakarta on Monday. (JP/Veeramalla Anjaiah)

New initiative: ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi (center, sitting) and Norwegian Ambassador to ASEAN Morten Høglund (fourth left, sitting) pose with various ambassadors to ASEAN during the launch of new initiative ASEANO to reduce plastic pollution in Jakarta on Monday. (JP/Veeramalla Anjaiah)We are facing a serious problem of plastic pollution. According to Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Indonesians use 9.8 billion plastic bags each year. And around 95 percent of these end up as waste.Based on data from the World Bank, Indonesia produces 175,000 tons of waste each day. Alarmingly, 14 percent of that waste, or 24,500 tons, is plastic. Indonesians also use 93 million straws every day.Unfortunately, 81 percent of that waste is unsorted, making it difficult to recycle. As a result, most of this waste, especially plastic, will end up in rivers and oceans. Plastic ...