TEMPO.CO, Bogor - Bogor Regency is set to impose plastic ban policy following the issuance of the Bogor Regent's Regulation No. 13/2019 that will take effect starting August 17 in line with the 74th Indonesian Independence Day.
Environment Agency official Atis Tardiana explained the ban would affect minimarkets, supermarkets, shopping malls, hotels, cafes, state and educational institutions.
Atis explained that the Bogor administration would no longer provide meals wrapped in single-use packages during regional meetings or events. “All regional working units (SKPD) will no longer provide rice boxes for meeting meals, but do set up a buffet,” he said.
According to him, setting up a buffet would help reduce non-degradable plastic waste. Other than plastic wraps, plastic bottles and glass would also be replaced.
“Every state official can also refrain themselves from producing plastic waste in their working area,” he added.
Atis hoped the implementation of the plastic ban policy will change the public habit in producing waste. “Averagely, a person produces two plastic bags a day,” he said.
MUHAMMAD SIDIK PERMANA