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Jakarta Post

In absence of regulation, citizens, businesses take lead in crusade against plastic

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 24, 2019   /  05:21 pm
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Goats chew plastic waste piled up in a corner in Panggang Island in Thousand Islands regency on Sept. 18. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Life in the sprawling city of Jakarta has always been synonymous with the plastic culture. Plastic bags to carry shopping from the stores, takeout deliveries, packaged household detergents, bottled beverages etc. are just a few of the hundreds of convenience items through which Jakartans contribute to plastic waste. Although there has been growing awareness about the problems associated with single-use plastic bags Jakarta has not yet produced a strict policy to tackle the issue.  Some cities across the archipelago have started to introduce restrictions on plastic bags at retailers. In places like Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan; Bogor, West Java; Balikpapan, East Kalimantan; Jambi and several cities in Bali, policies have been introduced to ban plastic bags at retailers. The Jakarta administration prepared a similar policy in 2018 in a draft gubernatorial degree limiting the...