Bali Governor I Wayan Koster plans to shut down all plastic distributors on the island to solve waste management issues.
As part of the effort to solve the plastic waste management problem on the island, Koster plans to act more decisively by closing down businesses distributing single-use plastic bags in Bali.
“I will find all the plastic distributors on the island and tell them to stop engaging in that business in 2022. I’m authorized to implement such a policy in this island,” Koster said during a virtual group discussion on Thursday (23/12).
Koster admitted that he has been struggling to control the single-use of plastic bags and straws despite implementing restrictions since 2018 when he was elected as the Governor of Bali.
“It’s hard to supervise the implementation of this policy, especially in traditional markets and local communities in village areas. So, I’ll impose a more decisive policy starting 2022 when the pandemic comes to an end,” Koster added. However, Koster stated that he would rather educate the people and businesses than implement hard policies and punishments.
Meanwhile, environmental activist IB Mandhara Brasika stated that he would ensure that the governor imposed this policy. He will be held accountable for his promise to keep Bali clean from plastic waste issues in the future.
“We will keep on reminding the governor about his promise to close down plastic distributors in Bali in 2022, as we have given too much tolerance to these people during the Covid-19 pandemic,” Mandhara concluded.
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