Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK) encouraged people to use refillable drinking bottles to reduce plastic waste. Indonesia is currently ranked second in the country contributing the most plastic waste in the world after China.
“So if you drink Aqua it’s better to bring a thick plastic bottle yourself so that it can be used many times,” JK said while giving a speech in the presentation of the Adipura award in the Manggala Wanabakti building, Jakarta, Monday (1/14).
According to JK, repeated use of drinking bottles can reduce the effects of environmental damage due to plastic. Even a number of countries in the world, he said, are now starting to aggressively limit the use of plastic.
“A conference will be held in the world (about the environment), it turns out that Indonesia is number two who does not pay attention to plastic. Wow, we are embarrassed,” he said.
Therefore, said JK, a legal provision is needed to regulate the use of plastic in Indonesia. This method is believed to be effective in increasing public awareness of the dangers of plastic waste.
This number two person in Indonesia then exemplifies the cleanliness rules that apply in Singapore. Since the leadership of former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, anyone who spits carelessly in the land of the lion has been fined a Sin of $ 100.
“Eventually people stopped spitting like that right. That was also part of the fact that community participation must be followed by law enforcement, it cannot stand alone,” JK said.
From the Jambeck data in 2015, Indonesia is ranked second in the marine plastic waste producer which reached 187.2 million tons after China with 262.9 million tons.
Meanwhile, in the third place, the Philippines has produced 83.4 million tons of plastic waste to the sea, followed by Vietnam 55.9 million tons, and Sri Lanka with 14.6 million tons per year.
The Ministry of Environment and Forestry had previously predicted that the total amount of Indonesian waste in 2019 would reach 68 million tons and plastic waste reached 9.52 million tons or 14 percent of the total waste.