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Who Gives a Toss?

Denpasar Government Vows to Get Tough with Those who Litter in Bali's Capital.

(10/25/2008) Tempo Interactive reports that the municipal government of Bali capital city of Denpasar will start enforcing tough littering laws against those who throw refuse in public places, roadside and rivers. The law passed in 2000 but largely ignored since, provides for sanctions of up to three years in prison and Rp. 5 million (US$510) for those convicted of public littering.

Quoting an Assistant of the Denpasar Municipality, I Ketut Wisada, who said he hoped the new level of enforcement would deter the wide-spread practice of roadside garbage disposal.

The newfound seriousness about littering is believed to be linked to recent flash flooding in the Capital exacerbated by the reduced flow of rivers and drains clogged with garbage and refuse.

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