Bali Targets 70 Percent Reduction in Plastic Waste in 2019 by Banning Single Use Plastic
Governor of Bali Wayan Koster has taken a great initiative and announced that single use plastic will be banned in Bali. Shopping bags, styrofoam, straws are included in this ban. He announced this ban on 24th December and is hopeful that this will step will reduce around 70% of marine plastic in Bali within an year.
This new policy has a six month grace period starting from 21st December when it was signed. "This 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," Mr Koster said, as quoted by tribunnews news site.
He further stated that administrative strict sanctions will be imposed on those who fail to comply. The disobedience could lead in to strict actions including not extending the business permits.
There is no doubt that following this step isn't going to be easy for any of us. Whether a business owner or even in our home we will face challenges. However this is something that everyone has to do, we have to support so this beautiful Island stays the paradise it is. For our future generations we have to step up and set example on how to care for our planet.