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Indonesia Pledges to Reduce Marine Waste by 70% by 2025

Indonesia may develop new industries that use biodegradable materials to produce plastic alternatives, a plastic bag nationwide tax and a public education campaign to meet this goal.

At the 2017 World Oceans Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan pledged up to spend up to $1 billion annually to reduce marine waste by 70 percent by 2025.

To meet this new goal, Pandjaitan is considering developing new industries that use biodegradable materials to produce plastic alternatives, a plastic bag nationwide tax and a public education campaign.

The Guardian has more:

Indonesia has pledged up to $1bn a year to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic and other waste products polluting its waters. The announcement was made by Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinating minister for maritime affairs at last week’s 2017 World Oceans Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali.

Pandjaitan told delegates at the conference that Indonesia would achieve a 70% reduction in marine waste within eight years. He proposed developing new industries that use biodegradable materials such as cassava and seaweed to produce plastic alternatives. Other measures could include a nationwide tax on plastic bags as well as a sustained public education campaign. 

Read the full story here.

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