Plastic and Waste
Plastic pollution issues have been discussed along with waste management issues. In 2015, Indonesia have been estimated as the one of the largest contributor as plastic pollution globally, making plastic pollution as one of the emerging issues. Plastic pollution sources was reported from several sources: coastal population and plastic mismanagement, river flow that ended up into the ocean, and other sources. Plastic leaked to the environmental creates another risks as a vessel for hazardous chemicals adsorbed onto its surface, increasing its toxicity. These chemicals, other than its existing building blocks that is working as additives and resins of plastics, are persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals. Several of these chemicals are included within the list of chemicals regulated under Stockholm Convention, which Indonesia have ratified the international agreement on Law No. 19 in 2009. These chemicals will not only harmful for consumers that use plastic, but also disrupt the whole post-consumer chains, either disposal, recycling, and worse, when leaked into the environment.
Our work covers mostly research on plastic pollution:
- Plastic waste and scrap trade
- Plastic leakage and municipal solid waste
- Plastic and its associated POPs in foodchain
BaliFokus/Nexus3 is working to push zero waste concept as solutions to plastic pollution issues. Along with 9 other organizations, BaliFokus is a member of Alliance for Zero Waste Indonesia/Aliansi Zero Waste Indonesia (AZWI). Globally, we are also working closely with #breakfreefromplastic and International Pollutants Elimination Network.