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Jakarta Post

Life without plastics

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    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 2 2020   /  01:00 am
Island of plastic: Goats rummage through plastic waste on Panggang Island in Thousand Islands north off Jakarta. The government plans to impose a plastic bag excise tax in a bid to fight plastic pollution.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Over the past few months, certain supermarkets in Jakarta have stopped indulging their customers with free plastic bags, which have been replaced with cardboard boxes. The protocol will continue and other stores, big or small, as well as traders in traditional markets will have to follow the new norm now that a gubernatorial regulation banning single-use plastic bags has come into force. Gubernatorial Regulation No. 142/2019 was signed on the eve of the New Year, but the Jakarta government postponed its enforcement of the policy for six months to allow for the public to become familiarized with it. Jakarta Environment Agency head Andono Warih said the city administration had reached out to the management groups of 85 shopping centers, 158 traditional markets and more than 2,000 convenience stores across the city as part of a campaign against single-use plastic bags. Jakarta had bee...