Listed as one of the highest polluters of plastic into the world’s oceans, last year Indonesia’s capital Jakarta announced it would ban single-use plastic bags from its street markets and malls.
Now, six months on from the bag ban, Indonesia is looking at how else it curbs its plastics problem.
This problem has been exacerbated after China banned waste imports, making Indonesia a portal for global plastic waste – and now its landfills are running out of space.
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut B. Panjaitan told the World Economic Forum that Indonesia has plans to be plastic free by 2040.
Identifying five points of action to drastically reduce the plastic problem by 2025, Indonesia will look to; reduce or substitute plastic usage, redesign plastic products with reuse or recycling in mind, double waste collection, double current recycling capacity, and build safe waste disposal facilities to manage plastic waste.