Bali Governor Bans Use of Plastic, Styrofoam

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Bali Governor Wayan Koster announced the ban of using the plastic bag, styrofoam, and plastic straws, on Monday, December 24. The ban stipulated in Governor Regulation (Pergub) No. 97/2018 is aimed at suppressing the number of plastic waste that is hoped to reach 70 percent within a year.

    "That is my plan to preserve the nature of Bali, as well as to keep the quality of tourism industry,” Wayan said. 

    The adaptation period to the new regulation is six months since it was signed and took effect on December 21. 

    Read: Plastic Waste Threatens Indonesian Tourism Industry,says  Minister

    The regulation governs the types of plastic and limitation of plastic usage, the use of a product, regional plan, public’s role, education and funding, as well as reward and administrative sanction. But the reward and sanction are still under the discussion within the governor's team.  

    The team comprising of regional officials, academicians, NGOs, businesses, as well as customary and religious figures will provide education, training, technical support and other activities to limit the use of plastic to the public in Bali.

    Rofiqi Hasan (Contributor)