Bali Battles Plastic Mountain
Bali produces 750 tons of plastic waste every day, environmental activists have revealed
Speaking during an event to mark Earth Day in Denpasar last Friday, coordinator of the Beautiful Bali Without Plastic (BCTP) campaign Anna Susanto said that the estimated weight was based on data collected from individual retailers, communities and waste-disposal units.
“The amount of daily waste is equal to 167 truckloads,” she said, adding that a typical village community in south Bali, with around 50 households, used around 1000 plastic bags a day.
Susanto said that the BCTP campaign was working with businesses and communities to reduce use of plastic. She cited the example of a shop in Denpasar that was using around 4,000 plastic bags a day.
“We successfully reduced the use of bags in the company by about 35 percent by teaching cashiers and customers to use boxes and paper bags instead,” she said.
Susanto said the campaign had also been working with schools and communities in Gianyar.
“In the future we will continue to work with communities in Gianyar. The response from their side has been quite good, but I still have a pessimistic feeling about the success of this campaign,” Susanto said.
Most people in Bali consider waste reduction and disposal the responsibility of the government, making it difficult to encourage active community or business efforts, she said, adding that these attitudes needed to change if environmental issues were to be successfully tackled.Filed under: Headlines