The Jakarta Post Yearender 2019: Plastic Waste Crisis: What Have We Done About It?
Indonesia is grappling with a plastic waste crisis. Plastic waste from domestic use or illegal imports from developed countries has piled up on land, in rivers and in the oceans.
In 2015, Science journal published a paper by a team of scientists led by Jenna Jambeck of the University of Georgia in the United States, which found Indonesia to be the second-worst plastic waste polluter in oceans after China.
Indonesia’s mismanaged plastic waste is estimated to amount to 3.22 million tons per year or 10 percent of the world’s plastic waste. Of this, between 480,000 and 1.29 million tons enter the oceans.
Have we — as individuals — done enough? Have companies done enough? Has the Indonesian government done enough?
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