Plastic, Most Dominant Waste in Jakarta

Tuesday, 10 OCtober 2017 , 16:00:00 WIB -

Students are seen leaning the dangers of plastic bags, Mentawai, West Sumatera, Tuesday (3/10). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Greenpeace Indonesia and Aliansi Zero Waste Indonesia (AZWI) joined forces to survey waste produced in Jakarta. The research has revealed that plastic waste is the most dominant type of waste that the city produces, Sunday (8/10).

"Such audit was also conducted in five other cities, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Padang and Pekanbaru. In Bokor Island, Jakarta, the top five brands dominating plastic waste output are Unilever, Wings, Indofood, Danone and Orang Tua," said Luthfi Rofiana, Head, Greenpeace Indonesia Voluntary Research Team, in a press release sent to gres.news.

In 2016-2017, Jakarta produced 6,500-7,000 tons of litter a day, which equate four percent of the national litter production that reaches 178,082.19 tons a day. In 2011, 14.02 percent of the waste in Jakarta are plastic waste, data from the Jakarta Government reveals.

The main problem is pragmatic policies and mindset, lifestyle that embraces instant products and the irresponsible culture of ‘Drop your litter anywhere far away and forget, and producers who solely focus on profit while neglecting their environment responsibilities.

"With this phenomenon happening, it is important for producers to quickly take action to start showing responsibility for the plastic waste they help generate, for instance, by using highly recyclable packages and recall packages to be recycled, after the product is consumed," said Rahyang Nusantara, National Coordinator, Plastic Bag Diet Movement.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Industry must also push for the change. Businesses need to run their business in a way that helps protect the environment and in a way that shows responsibility. A ruined environment would also affect t business world, Rahyang said. (mag)

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