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Image: Eka Wiryastuti talks to reporters. Credit: Jawapos.com

Tabanan Regent Ni Putu Eka Wiryastuti attended a coordination meeting with the Coordinating Minister for Marine Affairs, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan at the Ministry of Maritime Office in Jakarta on Tuesday (13/3).

Also attending the meeting was the Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar.

The Tabanan Regent said after the event that the meeting was a declaration of war on garbage.

“In this coordination meeting we agreed to declare war on garbage in Bali. We will set up a team consisting of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Director General of Sea Transportation, the Bali Police Chief, the Navy, the World Bank, and other heads of the regions of Bali,” said Regent Eka in what appears to be a communique to reporters.

She also committed the program to be fully implemented before the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting in Bali, October 2018. She explained that the team will educate hotels and tourism sites to reduce the use of plastics, train people about recycling and turning waste into energy.

“In addition, the team will routinely conduct marine patrols and whoever is caught littering will be fined Rp 500 thousand. Bali is a tourist destination and so vulnerable to waste. With this teamwork, I am sure when the Annual Meeting of the IMF – World Bank, Bali is back clean of garbage,” said Regent Eka.

She also strongly supported (what they call. Ed) the wave energy program from the Coordinating Minister. “Pak Luhut and World Bank will facilitate us to build the wave energy plant that transforms waste into electrical energy and biodiesel energy. We will conduct further discussions as it takes 10 hectares of land and 400 tons of waste per day to operate,” she said.

Regent Eka hopes that with this cooperation program Bali can be an example for other provinces in tackling waste.

She added that Tabanan now has 19 garbage banks and one of the Tabanan waste banks also is working with a plastics factory. “So waste can be a reusable item and become a benefit,” he said.

Minister Luhut said that the issue of garbage is now the concern of the central government. It will work together to clean up the garbage in Bali which is now attracting the world’s attention.

“By inviting many parties such as the Minister of Environment and Forestry, representatives from the Directorate General of Sea Transportation, representatives from ITB Mutiara R Putri, the navy, the Bali Police Chief, the World Bank and more, we are looking together for ways to overcome the waste problem with one solution being the process of turning waste into energy,” said Minister Luhut.

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  • Paolo Bali
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    Do they really believe that the garbage is because of tourist and hotels???????

    • Paolo Bali
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      until there is no garbage collection management in the whole island we can discuss who to blame for years but the garbage will end up in the ocean. 😉 and you will agree that this is not tourists responsibility….

    • Nicola Scaramuzzino
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      Paolo, the whole country is going in the direction of “it’s not our fault, it’s someone else doing this to us”. It’s sad and in my opinion it’s the real beginning of the end.
      In Indonesia (and Bali) none is accountable, nobody takes responsibility none is ever at fault none ever pays for doing the wrong thing. It’s always someone else’s fault: the Javanese, the tourist, the central government, etc etc.
      The trash in Bali is a collective issue, everyone is responsible, starting from the Balinese themselves (a quick tour on the beach today on the Melasti spots will explain you what i mean).
      The tourists are just the icing on the cake…

    • Paolo Bali
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      I like you when you are optimist…. LOL …. and I agree with you.

  • Don Havig
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    Lets hope that educational programs are put in place to reduce the throw away mentality

  • Judith Pine
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    We can STOP 150 MILLION PLASTIC BAGS per year from going into Bali’s trash.
    Please contact me. Plasticpollutionsolution@yahoo.com
    It will not cost the Government one IDR.

  • Stuart Beat
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    What a mess of single use plastic there is on Jalan Petitenget right now

    • Paolo Bali
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      I’m sure….

    • Des Koval
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      Tell me about it – I just waded through it to get home… if drinks were sold in cans – not one would make it to the ground without someone collecting it

    • Stuart Beat
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      Des Koval Well that is very true

    • Alistair Toyne
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      so how did all that plastic get there today

    • Des Koval
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      Alistair Toyne Washed up from Java obviously

  • Edy Hermawan
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    story

  • Alistair Toyne
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  • Herling Untu W
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    Bali almost banned one use plastic bags. But i guess the chinesse plastic lobbiest propose the governor a proposition he could not refuse. Guns, oil, plastic and pharma all have ruthless lobbiest to fight for there businesse.

    • Des Koval
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      Plastic cups and plastic bags just gotta go ~ this ain’t rocket science

    • Herling Untu W
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      Des Koval today after balinesse come back from a spiritual journey to the beach the roads are litterd with plasti aqua classes.

    • Des Koval
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      Herling Untu W ya no doubt…. it’ll be gone by morning but where I’m scared to know #sosbali

  • Michael McMahon
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    The only long term solution is education.
    Need to educate the young in SD schools and work your way up.
    It will be a minimum of 5 years before results are felt. But the results will be long lasting.

  • Don Havig
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    Stuart I’ve contiplated use of single use plastic in my cafe..how can i introduce a policy of no straws or plastic for take away. The costs for the new paper products is high and price is so competitive. Will my customers accept less convieniece or higher prices? I do recycle and have waste product picked over by local collectors.
    But there will always be garbage..where and how that garbage is handled is a mystery here in Bali as our problems mount yearly.
    Education and a lot bigger support from the goernment is just the beginning

    • Stuart Beat
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      I think most of them would accept a slightly higher price if they knew, even in a small way, they were helping the environment.

      • Bruce
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        At cafe . Bring your own mug and discount price of coffee . Also could sell mugs with logo of cafe . Cups save plastic
        Many cafe in Melbourne trendy areas now do this

  • David Eagles
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    Keep Bali clean is introducing an in school education campaign, we are going to donate computers to schools that participate and make an commitment to reducing plastic. If any ones what’s to help with the computers, please let me know.

  • Anthony Verburgt
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    Finally.

  • Louise
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    Say for example thete are 10 000 000 tourists in bali per year and they stay on average 10days and they buy 1 bottle of water a day…thats 100 000 000 plastic bottles a year…just an example but the figures are frightening…then yve got plastic bags straws and general household rubbish as well….thats staggering for an island as small as bali…

  • Petruk Dollar
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    Notice how many times The World Bank gets a mention in the story?? World Bank = $$$ Indonesian Gov officials wanting $$$, A meeting in Jakarta to solve the Bali rubbish problem ?? Was the KPK anti corruption agency invited ??. 1500+ plus world bank suits attending some wank fest in Bali in October. thousands of brown envelopes and cash bags will only add to Bali pollution problems . The bullshit left behind will be in the thousands of tonnes and the Bali rubbish and traffic problems. will remain the same. BMW &Harley sales in JKT will skyrocket. Setya Novanto might miss out on his cut on this earner.

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