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Bali’s Capital of Denpasar Moving to Eliminate Plastic Bags in 2019

The Municipal Government of Denpasar will outlaw the use and stocking of plastic Bags in stores and shopping centers in Bali starting on January 1, 2019.

Nusabali reports that Mayorial Decree Number 36 of 2018 on the Reduction of Pollution in the City of Denpasar will require shopping venues to use shopping bags made from environmentally-friendly materials.

The head of the Environmental and Hygiene Service for Denpasar (DLHK-Denpasar), I Ketut Wisada, said on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, that the new decree eliminating plastic shopping bags was prompted by the urgent need to control pollution.

He said the decree by Denpasar's Mayor was issued while waiting for the Governor of Bali to issue a similar law on a provincial level and supports National guidelines on controlling household trash issued by the President in 2017 (Perpres No. 97 – 2017).

Wisada said certain businesses would be exempted from the new rule. Those involved in the sale of meats and flower use to scatter at religious ceremonies will still be allowed to use plastic bags until environmentally acceptable replacements can be found. Similarly, plastic wrapping materials (e.g. bubble wrap) are allowed until alternatives can be found.

The new policy effective on January 1, 2019, will be allowed a 6-month lead-in for socialization purposes. The Denpasar government is calling on on supermarkets and shopping centers to end the use of plastic bags with the coming of the New Year. “We are targeting that by June 2019, 90% of the convenience stores and shopping centers will no longer use plastic bags. As regard wrappings, we feel certain they will fall into step and help eliminate the use of plastics. At the same time, the people will join the effort and not use plastic when they shop. Nature must be protected from plastic pollution,” said Wisada.