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Jakarta Post

'What are the alternatives?' Market vendors anxious over upcoming plastic ban in Jakarta

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 24, 2020   /  05:15 pm
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Vendors put their products in single-use plastic bags at Senen Market, Central Jakarta, on July. 3, 2019. (Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

Despite a recently issued regulation banning single-use plastic bags, vendors in several markets in Jakarta are still left with lingering questions about their business and services to customers as they claim alternatives have yet to be provided by the city administration. Predi, 40, a plastic vendor at Cipete Market in South Jakarta, tends a kiosk selling various plastic products such as plastic cups, kresek (single-use plastic bags) and containers. He said that he was aware of the regulation and was worried about how it would impact his small business. “I know about the rule since the head of the market has informed all vendors here. But what should I do with all of the plastics in my kiosk?,” Predi said on a recent Tuesday. He said he was quite wary the new regulation might cause his small business to shut down. He said plastic bag distrib...