On Tuesday, 5th of April 2016, 4:30 PM, ASELIS held the first Monthly Discussion in 2016-2017 periode with the theme “The Management of Plastic Garbage in Indonesia” moderated by Angga.
Plastic garbage has become a common issue that is being faced by society and government since a long time ago. The lack of public awareness about the use of plastic and strictness from the government rules on the management of plastic waste resulted in a growing number of plastic garbage in Indonesia. According to a survey on internet read by Angga, Indonesia has been being the second biggest contributor of garbage in the world.
The issue of plastic garbage management is very worrying for the society. The garbage can give them more problems if it is not being handled well. Khonsa Kholila explained that plastic garbage thrown into the river by people can clog the flow or the absorption of water in the river, because the plastic can not decompose quickly. This can result in flood and various kinds of disease.
Actually, in Indonesia, people already implemented many ways to cope with the negative impact of plastic garbage. Indonesian society with their creative ideas can transform plastic garbage into items that can be used again, such as handicrafts, household appliances, and others. Government also have implemented the use of a separate trash between organic (bark of fruit, vegetables, leftovers, etc.) and inorganic waste (paper, plastic, etc.). In addition, since February 2016, they also have been applied the ‘paid plastic’ system (consumers must pay Rp.200,00 to use plastic for putting their goods) in stores or shopping centers to reduce the use of plastics in society.
However, the management of plastic garbage as mentioned earlier is not yet running smoothly. Not all the Indonesian people have knowledge of recycling plastic. In addition, the government is not strict in regulating the use of plastics in society. There are still plenty of shops that have not implemented the system of ‘paid plastic’. People who throw litter was not sanctioned firmly so that they continue to do the same. The garbage becomes a big heap and results to flood that harm people themselves.
The management of plastic garbage must begin with awareness of the society itself. Society must understand that the wrong management of plastic garbage can have negative consequences for their own lives. The awareness can be started from ourselves. We can try to clean up the rubbish that are all around us, and then invite others to clean it together.
Like the example given by Nabilla Affilia, in her area is still there many people who do not understand about the right management of plastic garbage. Then she tried to clean up the rubbish in her environment. The garbage that can be recycled later being created into items that can be reused. People who realize it later then moved to come clean up the environment.
It can be concluded from this discussion that there are many ways to cope with the increasing amount of garbage, especially plastic garbage, in Indonesia, such as recycling, reducing the use of plastic, giving strict sanctions for those who throw litter in the river, etc. But if there is no awareness of the society and the firmness of the government to overcome the amount of plastic waste in Indonesia, then these ways will not work effectively.
Originally posted on April 12 2016, at 1.11 AM