The Retail Entrepreneurs Association (Aprindo) which houses retail businesses in Indonesia plans to implement a Non-Free Plastic Bag (KPTG) policy in its outlets as an effort to support the government in reducing plastic waste, especially from the plastic bags starting Friday (1/3).
"This is a concrete step from modern retail outlets inviting the public to be wiser in using plastic shopping bags, as well as tackling the negative environmental impacts due to plastic waste," said Aprindo Chairman Roy Mandey to Beritautama.net in Jakarta, Thursday (28/2) .
He said with the policy, it was hoped that the government program would reduce 30 percent of waste and handle 70 percent of waste including plastic waste.
"Aprindo actively participates in contributing to the problem, because it is part of the community that must take part in being equally responsible" he explained.
Roy said, consumers who want to use plastic bags will be charged an additional fee of at least 200 rupiah per share if they do not use KPTG.
"We would recommend consumers to use reusable shopping bags that are also provided at every modern retail outlet," added Roy.
He also conveyed that KPTG socialization for consumers will start from modern retail outlets through announcement posters, social media and direct invitations from cashiers.
Obstacles to socialization
According to him, so far, Aprindo has actually recommended the use of plastic shopping bags in accordance with SNI issued by the National Standard Board (BSN) on the recommendation of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Standardization Center.
Meanwhile, the government's discourse in banning the provision of plastic shopping bags in modern retail stores is not in line with the objectives of reducing and managing waste as stated in Government Regulation No.81 of 2012 article 1 paragraph 3 concerning Management of Household Waste & Waste Similar to Household Waste and Regulations. President No.97 / 2017 article 3 paragraph 2 concerning National Policy & Strategy for Management of Household Waste & Similar Types of Household Waste.
With that, he said, Aprindo hoped that the policy of paid plastic shopping bags in modern retailers could make people wiser in using plastic bags, and was followed by other industries in Indonesia to raise public awareness to look more at environmental concerns.
"Changing the culture of people who are very familiar with plastic bags is not as easy as turning the palm of the hand, for that we try slowly from now on," he said.