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Jakarta Plans To Fine Retailers For Single Use Plastic Bags

January 2019

According to a report in the Jakarta Post, Governor Anies Baswedan is drafting a gubernatorial regulation to ban single-use plastic bags in Jakarta. The draft would come into effect in January 2019.

Once the regulation is legalized, the Jakarta Environment Agency will organize an awareness campaign on the ban of plastic bags for the first six months. Afterwards, retailers, plastic producers and merchants that still issue single-use plastic bags will be fined between IDR 5 – 25 million (USD 350 – 1,750).

Around 14% of waste produced in Jakarta daily are plastics and 1% of the plastics are non-degradable, single-use plastic bags. The Jakarta Environment Agency has been promoting environmentally friendly bags at retailers and traditional markets and started exchanging plastic bags with green bags.

In December 2018, the popular tourist island of Bali in Indonesia banned single-use plastics like shopping bags, styrofoam and straws 

(Source: The Jakarta Post)