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Plastic Waste in Sea Threatens Environment, Icons of Tourism

Plastic Waste in Sea Threatens Environment, Icons of Tourism

Plastic waste dumped in the sea pollutes environment. ðŸ"Š Listen to this JAKARTA, NNC - Excessive use of plastics in Indonesia is already at an alarming rate. In f…

Plastic Waste in Sea Threatens Environment, Icons of Tourism

Plastic waste dumped in the sea pollutes environment.

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JAKARTA, NNC - Excessive use of plastics in Indonesia is already at an alarming rate. In fact, a number of areas that have become icons of tourism have a similar problem, that is, the threat of pollution of waste in the sea.

"These areas are Wakatobi Regency, Raja Ampat, West Manggarai, Manado City and Morotai Regency," said the expert staff of the Cabinet Secretary for People's Economic and Welfare, M Amperawan, as quoted from the Cabinet Secretariat website on Monday (1/1/2018).

He said the pollution of plastic waste in the sea is not only a domestic problem but also an issue at the international level.

He cites the results of research by Professor Jambeck et al from the University of Georgia of the United States related to plastic waste in the oceans, of 192 countries in the world, Indonesia ranked the second as the largest plastic waste producer in the world after the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Data from the Directorate General of Waste Management, Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials (DG of PSLB3) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the amount of waste generated in 2016 in both land and sea waste reached 65 million tons.

With the growth rate of garbage that is expected to increase every year, in 2019, continued Amperawan, the waste generated by Indonesia is projected to be as much as 68 million tons. Of the figure, it is estimated that 9.52 million tons are plastic waste.

"This plastic waste has become a threat to the environment that affects human life because of its nature t hat cannot be degraded by itself and takes hundreds of years to destroy naturally, so it is estimated that by 2050, the amount of plastic waste deposited in the ocean will be higher than the number of fish," said Amperawan.

Therefore, Amperawan called for immediate control and utilization of plastic waste to be reduced, at least not growing fast as expected.

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