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Bali Works to Reduce Plastic Waste

Supermarkets and Retail Chains in Bali Combine Efforts to Reduce the Use of Plastic Bags.

(9/25/2006) The Indonesian language Kompas reports that Bali has launched a drive to reduce plastic waste on the island. Formally inaugurated in early September by Bali's Vice Governor Alit Kusuma Kelakan and Indonesia's Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar, the "anti-plastic" campaign has received support from all 9 of Bali's regencies.

Bali as a Proud Example

Minister Witoelar said: "I hope the initiative of all regency chiefs in Bali can become an example for every province and regency in Indonesia. It is difficult to combat plastic waste, an effort that will require at least 20 years. I am very proud of Bali."

The "war on plastic" has been joined in Bali by 16 of Bali's largest supermarkets and major retail outlets who will gradually reduce the use of plastic used in the sales process.

Every day Bali produces and estimated 4,665 cubic meters or 150 tons of waste. Of this amount, an estimated 70 percent is organic with the remaining 30% comprised on non-biodegradable material. Bali's capital city of Denpasar creates 150 cubic meters of waste each day.

Witoelar hopes the program to reduce plastic's use in Bali is a success and contributes to current efforts to reduce pollution of the island's seashore.