The Bali provincial environmental affairs agency (BLH) has encouraged the local people to set up plastic waste care groups as part of efforts to make Bali free from plastic waste, a local government spokesman has said.
“The move is aimed at achieving the target of Bali being free from plastic waste in 2012,” Bali provincial BLH chief, I Nyoman Sujaya said here.
According to him, Bali plastic waste-free movement or Gelatik has been launched in Badung district.
In addition, the launch of the Bali plastic waste-free movement is also expected to facilitate the setting up of plastic waste recycling company as well as to give awards to hotels and markets which have committed themselves to use environmentally friendly plastic bags, he noted.
Sujaya also expressed a hope that such movement can increase the number of the garbage banks in rural areas.
So far Bali province has established a total of 12 garbage banks, he said, adding his office is now striving to increase the number of waste processing facilities.
Apart from that, Bali has established 211 small-scale waste processing units, or 32 percent of the targeted 651 units until 2013, Sujaya said, expressing a hope that the processed garbage can be turned into environmentally friendly fertilizer.