Shopping center operator supports plastic bag reduction movement

Shopping center operator supports plastic bag reduction movement

Volunteers of the Bogor Care Consortium (KPB) distribute reuse bags as substitute to plastic bags during a campaign at Ekspresi Park in Bogor City, West Java, on November 25, 2018 (ANTARA FOTO/Arif Firmansyah/nz)

Denpasar, Bali, (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the Indonesian Shopping Center Management Association Board (APPBI) for Bali Province Gita Sunarwulan voiced support for the movement to reduce the use of plastic bags at shopping centers, including major modern ones.

"In principle, we support the movement and have called on shopping centers, especially those in Bali, to reduce the use of plastic bags," Sunarwulan noted on the sidelines of Bali Ultimage Great Sale here on Thursday.

Sunarwulan remarked that the people and visitors were also expected to support the government`s program in creating a clean environment.

She affirmed that it is an effort to follow up on the government`s program to reduce and also negate the use of plastic bags. Data released by the government showed that plastic waste pollution had disrupted the ocean ecosystem.

"We have appealed to APPBI members to follow the government regulations, so that in future, the environment will be better," she stated.

Meanwhile, Zenzen Giusi Halmis, the mall manager of Level 21, said she had reminded the tenants or traders at the shopping center on the ban on the use of plastic bags to carry items purchased in shopping centers.

"We support Denpasar City Mayor Regulation (Perwli) Number 36 of 2018 on Reduction in the Use of Plastic Bags. This is a good step to preserve the environment, so that in future, Bali and also this earth are free of plastic waste," he emphasized.

Reporting by I Komang Suparta, Andi Abdussalam
Editing by Eliswan Azly