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In Indonesia, businesses put on front-line of war on plastic

THE INDONESIAN government is set to make consumer goods manufacturers more responsible for managing the waste from their product packaging, in a bid to tackle one of the worst plastic trash problems in the world. The regulation, expected before the end of this year, is part of a wider effort to cut Indonesia’s waste output by 30 percent by 2025 from current levels, according to Rosa Vivien Ratnawati, the environment ministry’s head of waste management. The so-called extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulation will oblige producers and retailers to redesign their product packaging to have a higher proportion of recyclable material. It will also require that they take greater responsibility for the management of waste from their products. Those affected will include makers of processed foods and beverages, who rely heavily on plastic packaging for their products. Retailers such as supermarkets and convenience stores will also be subject to the EPR requirements in terms of the packaging options they offer customers, as will food and beverage outlets that currently use plastic utensils, plates and cups. SEE ALSO: Indonesia’s big plastic cleanup involved 20,000 people in 76 locales “The roadmap addresses the way [producers carry out] waste reduction, especially for plastic,” Vivien told reporters on the sidelines of the recent Our Oceans Conference in Nusa Dua, Bali. Vivien said an EPR requirement already exists under the Waste Management Act of 2008, but it hasn’t been easy to enforce it. “Because when we talk about this problem, we’re talking about whether industry is ready to carry out EPR,” she said. Ocean waste was one of the key topics discussed by government officials, business executives and civil society representatives at the Bali oceans conference. Indonesia, a country of more than 250 million people, is the biggest contributor, after China, to the plastic trash crisis in the oceans. It... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, In Indonesia, businesses put on front-line of war on plastic, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you In Indonesia, businesses put on front-line of war on plastic

 

 

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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Monday, 12 November, 2018

 

 

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