Thursday, 17 October 2019

Jakarta Residents Agree on Limiting Disposable Plastic Bag



Mahinda Arkiyasa

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Jakarta Environmental Agency announced that 80 percent of the city’s residents welcomed the idea of limiting the use of disposable plastic bags.

    The Agency's head of waste management Rahmawati, said that the Agency acquired the data based on a door-to-door survey conducted on respondents that mostly consist of housewives.

    "Almost 80 percent [of respondents] agreed to a limit on the use of disposable plastic bags and willing to bring their own [reusable] bags," said Rahmawati to Tempo on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

    The survey itself is the agency's initial steps upon introducing the regulation that is waiting to be ratified by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan who is expected to sign it this week. However, the governor said that a solution upon replacing disposable plastic bags must be found prior to introducing the rule.

    Rahmawati explained that the agency's data found that Jakarta produces wastes up to 2.5 million tons annually that comprise of 357,000 tons of plastic waste. Out that total amount, disposable plastic bag wastes amount to 1,900 to 2,400 tons of waste each year, roughly 240-300 million pieces of plastic bags.