Indonesia innovates to reduce plastic waste
Of the 3.5 million tons of plastic waste Indonesia produces each year, 1.4 million tons end up in global waters. That’s 10 times the amount attributed to the U.S. Only China deposits more plastic into the world’s oceans. They more than double Indonesia’s marine pollution.
The acute, visible problems are being addressed in creative ways. The tar on some Indonesian roads contains shredded waste plastic, producing a result that is more durable than conventional roads. In Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city, bus fare can be paid by trading in used plastic. Rather than pay with money, passengers can turn in plastic at designated stops and recycling stations.