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Reducing plastic waste through effective EPR

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 2 2020   /  06:17 am
The best way: A man picks up a plastic bottle for recycling. Plastic bottle producers must use reusable material when producing bottles. We need to collect more plastic waste and recycle in order to reduce plastic waste. (Shutterstock/ITTIGallery)

Indonesia is the second-biggest contributor of marine plastic debris, after China. The world’s biggest archipelago, which has more than 17,000 islands and 81,000 kilometers of coastline, currently produces 3.2 million tons of plastic waste annually, and 1.29 million tons of that ends up in the ocean. If no action is taken, an additional 800,000 tons of plastic waste will flow into the ocean annually in five years from now. More than 80 percent of the waste in Indonesia is unsorted. As a result, most of the plastic waste either ends up in landfills or flows into the ocean. “We do not have a proper waste management system. Many people here in Indonesia consider rivers, lakes and oceans garbage dumps. They throw all plastic bags and bottles and other waste into rivers and oceans. The government must take drastic action immediately,” Abdul Gani, who works in a priv...