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With Jakarta and In­done­sia in gen­eral start­ing to em­brace a “greener” phi­los­o­phy, nu­mer­ous ef­forts have been made by both the govern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor to com­bat the ev­er­wors­en­ing prob­lem of waste. A few years back, the city of Bandung was faced with the grim sit­u­a­tion of hav­ing waste over­flow­ing from its garbage com­pounds due to the lack of space for the proper dis­posal of trash. Jakarta it­self has ex­pe­ri­enced some­thing sim­i­lar. Jakarta’s main land­fill of Ban­tar Ge­bang in Bekasi has been fraught with prob­lems through­out the year, mainly be­cause waste pro­cess­ing in the city can’t keep up with the in­flux of garbage from citizens. In Fe­bru­ary 2016, in an ef­fort to curb waste pro­duc­tion, the govern­ment of In­done­sia in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­tail Busi­nesses of In­done­sia (Aprindo) in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion which re­quired con­sumers to pay a small fee for plas­tic bags at shops and su­per­mar­kets. This ini­tia­tive mir­rors reg­u­la­tions that have been in ef­fect through­out coun­tries around the world such as the United King­dom, Den­mark, and France. Nat­u­rally, the country’s plan to charge for plas­tic bags across 22 cities in the ar­chi­pel­ago has been met with vig­or­ous dis­course among citizens. The En­vi­ron­men­tal and Forestry Min­istry’s head of pub­lic re­la­tions, Novrizal Ta­har, ex­plained that

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