Plastic Bag Policy Ineffective to Solve Garbage Problem

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Prof. Ir. Agoes Soegianto, DEA, a lecturer from Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universitas Airlangga. (Photo: Special)

UNAIR NEWS –Plastic bag policy has been officially implemented. Shoppers have to pay Rp 200 for each plastic bag they use. The government believed that the implementation was to reduce plastic use and suppress the negative plastic waste effects on the environment.

According to Prof. Ir. Agoes Soegianto, DEA, a lecturer from Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universitas Airlangga, the policy is not quite effective. The most effective way to suppress plastic waste effects is by improving the garbage management process.

“We all know, the garbage separation in our waste treatment area (TPA) has not been conducted. This is purely the government’s responsibility. Not by burden the citizens in suppressing plastic use,” said Prof. Agoes during interview on Monday, February 22.

Prof. Agoes regretted that garbage management was poorly conducted and they were still mixed there when in some public places, they were already separated. Thus, these separations are futile as the mixed waste is difficult to be separated or recycled.

“In some advanced countries, not only garbage separation is encouraged by the government, but the government also has garbage separation techniques in their Waste Treatment Area (TPA). The waste then processed and turned into energy. That separatiingand processing techniques have not been applied here,” said Prof. Agoes.

Furthermore, according the professor on Eco-toxicology FST UNAIR, the plastic bag policy will not solve plastic waste problem. It will cause fund misuse as there is no clear flow of the money.

Garbage problem is the government responsibility which needs the people’s commitment and supports. Therefore, people should be encouraged to separate their garbage and keep the environment clean. The government should be committed to its waste treatment improvement.

“Researches on waste treatment were many and have been conducted for a while. In fact, Indonesia is ready, but unfortunately has not committed to apply this,” Prof. Agoes said. (*)

Author: Okky Putri Rahayu
Editor: Defrina Sukma S

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