CONFUSION reigned in Jakarta yesterday as a new ban on single-use plastics in one of the world’s biggest ocean-polluting nations failed to gain traction.
Despite repeated announcements over loudspeakers and signs and banners forbidding single-use plastic bags, it was business as usual at one Jakarta market, where shoppers and vendors were unsure what they should use instead.
“I’m confused and my buyers are even more confused, ” said Hadi, a vendor, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.
“I sell fish and there is nothing I can use except plastic bags.”
Plastic bags of all sizes and colours were openly in use at the ageing Lenteng Agung traditional market on the second day of the ban.
Shopper Khairani said she backs the ban but only if there are viable alternatives.
“With fish and chicken, you cannot use anything other than plastic, ” she said, carrying two plastic bags in each hand. — Reuters
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