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Jakarta Post

Jakarta takes action to reduce plastic waste

  • Sausan Atika


Jakarta   /   Thu, July 2 2020   /  01:00 am
A visitor brings her groceries with a reusable bag at Tebet Barat market, Jakarta on Monday, January 27, 2020. Reusable bags still difficult to find in these markets. Although the Jakarta Environment Agency has set the market as a free single-use plastic bag market model, (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Jakarta will begin a new chapter in reducing plastic waste on Wednesday, when a gubernatorial regulation banning single-use plastic bags in traditional markets, modern supermarkets and minimarkets across Jakarta takes effect. A number of regions across the country have already imposed a similar ban -- South Kalimantan’s Banjarmasin, East Kalimantan’s Balikpapan, Bali’s Denpasar and Jakarta’s satellite city of Bogor in West Java. “In general, business players support this policy, but indeed there are some who have asked for it to be postponed,” Jakarta Environment Agency head Andono Warih said in a statement on Tuesday. “This policy actually reduces their cost of providing single-use plastic bags.” The policy, he said, was instrumental in reducing plastic waste disposed of at Bantar Gebang landfill in Bekasi, West Java -- the end po...