Styrofoam waste still not properly addressed in Indonesia

YOUTH-LED environmental group the Antheia Project says styrofoam is yet another dangerous waste that has not been properly addressed, being widely used but with little to no waste processing, leaving large amounts degraded in nature and found on beaches.

Ruhani Nitiyudo, co-founder of the Antheia Project, said of the various projects Antheia was undertaking, one of which was a beach clean-up with locals in coastal areas of North Jakarta and the Thousand Islands regency, the group found that styrofoam was one of the major plastic wastes washed up on shore.

“We realise styrofoam is one of the biggest (environmental) issues and when they break into smaller pieces, they become microplastics,” Ruhani said.

She said the Antheia Project wanted to increase awareness of the matter to encourage people to seek alternatives.

The Antheia Project is trying to popularise its campaign with the hashtag #SayNoToStyrofoam. — The Jakarta Post/ANN

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