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At last, the Indonesian government has officially announced that there will be charges applied for every plastic shopping bags used, a.k.a it is no longer free, which is a very good thing.
People will have to pay for every plastic bag starting on January 21, which also marks the jubilee of the Waste Care National Day.
The government, however, has not implemented the regulation entirely throughout Indonesia yet, as quoted by CNN Indonesia. Therefore it is only to be applied in 17 cities: Jakarta, Bandung, Bekasi, Tangerang, Depok, Bogor, Solo, Semarang, Surabaya, Banjarmasin, Palembang, Makasar, Ambon, Jayapura, Balikpapan, Medan, and Denpasar.
Since the habit of using plastic shopping bag has been tightly glued to the Indonesian people’s everyday life, the government will implement the new regulation gradually.
According to the survey result from jajakpendapat.net there are 51% of Indonesians that receive plastic bags one or two times in a single day. Generally 86,75% of plastic bags are obtained when they purchase food at stores.
The regulation is actually not a new trend on an international perspective, given the fact that global warming continues to worsen, which has initiated some countries to implement the system before Indonesia.
Additional data from Jmbeck et al 2015 says Indonesia is the second largest contributor that pollutes the ocean with plastic waste of up to 187,2 million tons. A sad fact indeed.
Therefore, in order to minimise the terrifying pollution ‘snow balling’ effect the government released an appeal to limit the use of plastic bag that is destructive to our earth due to its decomposition difficulty.
Mother earth is our home, so let’s start reusing and recycling our grocery bags and reduce the use of plastic now (not wait until the 21 February).