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Anti-plastic straw wave has struck Bali as government bans single-use plastics

Updated: Dec 31, 2018

Places with lots of tourists, will usually end up with lots of trash, as they are often being left there. The process of how it is being cleared is also questionable, as it ends back up to the resort island.

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Tourists sit on a surfboard along Kuta beach, surrounded by debris and rubbish washed up by the tide (Source: CNA)

The trash collected from hotels and villages is often dumped in rivers, which will carry the waste out to sea. However, due to coastal tides and currents, the trash eventually finds its way back to the resort island's beaches.

Indonesia's holiday island Bali has just announce the ban on single-use plastics such as shopping bags, styrofoam and straws in efforts to curb pollution in its water. Bali Governor Wayan Koster announced the ban on Monday (Dec 24), and expressed hope that the policy would lead to a 70 per cent decline in Bali's marine plastics within a year. This policy comes with a 6 month grace period, giving business owner the time to sort for alternative to replace their one time use plastic. For those who do no comply with the ban after the grace period will be penalised with administrative sanctions.

Mr Koster mention that the policy is aimed at producers, distributors, suppliers and business actors, including individuals, to suppress the use of single-use plastics. They must substitute plastics with other materials.

It is however, not clear that if individuals who fail to comply will be penalised.

Meanwhile it is reported that Jakarta plans to follow Bali's example to enact a similar ban. Many National or local governments around the world had already imposed bans on single-use plastic bags, but it is not sure when will Singapore follow suit.

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